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  • Post #31 - February 27th, 2009, 12:51 pm
    Post #31 - February 27th, 2009, 12:51 pm Post #31 - February 27th, 2009, 12:51 pm
    seebee wrote:Hey UCJ - I think I'm gonna try to get into that El Milagro for some early take out dinner tonight. I'll be trying any tamales that they have left (hopefully ALL.) Any recommendations on a guisado? Please post if even after today - still like to try any of them that are decent.


    Try the pork with green sauce guisado. The other that I liked is completely escaping me right now - memory issues due to sleep apnea, bleargh :oops:

    And yes, we did our last major shopping run at that Tony's there - it was actually lunch at El Milagro and shopping at Tony's afterward this past Saturday. We weren't even halfway through when my wife said, "We're never going back to Jewel again." I'd already decided the same thing after a quick scouting run a few days earlier. Assuming it isn't snowing heavily the next time I think we'll probably do some of the produce at that Familia Foods on the other side of Harlem though, and the rest of the shopping at Tony's.

    Many thanks to you and Matt for the recommendation to shop there!
  • Post #32 - April 23rd, 2009, 3:36 pm
    Post #32 - April 23rd, 2009, 3:36 pm Post #32 - April 23rd, 2009, 3:36 pm
    Hi Gang

    I have a question about El Millagro on Blue Island. Do they sell Tamales in the carryout store?

    Or do you get those from the restaurant?

    Thanks

    Dave
  • Post #33 - April 23rd, 2009, 4:36 pm
    Post #33 - April 23rd, 2009, 4:36 pm Post #33 - April 23rd, 2009, 4:36 pm
    from what I recall, there is a little store that mostly sells tortilla type products, that's not the spot. The cafeteria style restaurant is where you wanna be. They sell out, so try to go as early as you can.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #34 - May 28th, 2009, 12:52 pm
    Post #34 - May 28th, 2009, 12:52 pm Post #34 - May 28th, 2009, 12:52 pm
    Tamales...I've been trying to get a decent one out in my area (DeKalb, Sycamore). Everytime I get them I am dismayed at how little meat is in them. Tell me, oh great ones, am I expecting too much to see a decent amount of meat in a tamale? Last time I got "homemade" tamales I cut 6 of them in half and carved out the filling. There wasn't even a 1/2 cup of meat there. Maybe I'm expecting too much!
  • Post #35 - February 8th, 2010, 11:54 am
    Post #35 - February 8th, 2010, 11:54 am Post #35 - February 8th, 2010, 11:54 am
    What are the chances any of the city's great tamales can be found anywhere north of Fullerton? I'm currently eating some homemade ones from a colleague and now know that I need to get a more readily available source than his family and the family of one of my childhood friends... I'm in Andersonville but would be willing to travel a bit.
  • Post #36 - February 8th, 2010, 12:48 pm
    Post #36 - February 8th, 2010, 12:48 pm Post #36 - February 8th, 2010, 12:48 pm
    mailsf wrote:What are the chances any of the city's great tamales can be found anywhere north of Fullerton? I'm currently eating some homemade ones from a colleague and now know that I need to get a more readily available source than his family and the family of one of my childhood friends... I'm in Andersonville but would be willing to travel a bit.


    Well, there's Tamales los Mejores de Guerrero, up in Rogers Park. I've always had good luck with them.

    The last time i went, i ordered a couple of dozen to take home - but they started heating my tamales up in the microwave. The microwave was right behind the counter, so i was able to nip that in the bud. I suppose adding in a "to go" might have helped when i ordered.

    Enjoy,
    -jim
  • Post #37 - February 9th, 2010, 6:49 am
    Post #37 - February 9th, 2010, 6:49 am Post #37 - February 9th, 2010, 6:49 am
    Second Tamales los Mejores de Guerrero but on weekends go early, they run out fast. We've never been able to get the rajas before they run out. Lately we've been going to Carnitas Don Rafa on south Kedzie. $7.95 a dozen for big meaty tasty tamales. Call ahead and they'll hold your order.

    Carnitas Don Rafa
    4619 South Kedzie Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60632-2944
    (773) 847-8342
    trpt2345
  • Post #38 - February 9th, 2010, 8:46 am
    Post #38 - February 9th, 2010, 8:46 am Post #38 - February 9th, 2010, 8:46 am
    mailsf wrote:What are the chances any of the city's great tamales can be found anywhere north of Fullerton? I'm currently eating some homemade ones from a colleague and now know that I need to get a more readily available source than his family and the family of one of my childhood friends... I'm in Andersonville but would be willing to travel a bit.


    You might try the tamales at Harvestime (a grocery store on Lawrence). I don't know if they make their own or whom they buy from; also don't know how they compare to the "best of" places listed in this thread. But their tamales are pretty good, at least to my taste. (Edgewater Produce on Clark is the same company - they may have them also. Also try the taquerias in Cermak Produce.)

    Harvestime
    2632 West Lawrence Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60625-2945
    (773) 989-4400
  • Post #39 - May 30th, 2010, 8:32 am
    Post #39 - May 30th, 2010, 8:32 am Post #39 - May 30th, 2010, 8:32 am
    Can you share the pricing at Harvest Time? I am looking to purchase 10 - 15 dozen for an event at our school on Friday.

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