Food & Drink

The 11 Best Tamales in Chicago

Published On 06/13/2014 Published On 06/13/2014
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1. Dia De Los Tamales 939 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

DDLT's a storefront selling artisanal tamales in savory varieties like Buffalo chicken and Juicy Lucy for dinner, or sweetness like chocolate-peanut butter or cinnamon raisin for dessert.

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2. Maxwell Street Market 800 S Desplaines St, Chicago, IL 60607 (South Loop)

It's a Chicago tradition for many to head to this open air market featuring a whole bunch of bargains. But the real reason to go is the food that you get to snack on from a myriad of different vendors.

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3. Dudley's Dog House 3930 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Albany Park)

This Albany Park spot is a hot dog house (to be more specific), serving up a variety of dogs and other fast-food options including homemade tamales, made with an authentic Mexican recipe.

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4. Tacos Tequilas 2919 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Logan Square)

This Logan Square eatery is run by folks who've been in the business for more than 20 years, and that's reflected in their flavorful and festive eats. If that doesn't sell you, then just consider you can get yourself one of their terrific tacos for only three bucks.

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5. Tamales Garibay 3839 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Irving Park)

When you head to a Mexican restaurant where the recipes are handed down from a grandmother and decor is punctuated by pictures from the owner's native town in Mexico, you know you're about to bite into the real stuff. Here in particular, you should opt for tamales stuffed with pork, jalepenos and cheese on the outdoor patio to get your fill.

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6. Taco Mex 10658 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 (Calumet Heights)

Taco Mex is known for their crispy tacos -- ground beef wrapped in a tortilla that's dipped into a deep fryer. Lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese are added after it's done frying to give you the complete package.

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7. La Casa Del Pueblo 1834 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

This Pilson Mexi-spot serves up some of the best home-cooked Mexican fare in the city, including some seriously outstanding red pork tamales.

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8. Manolo's Tamales 4706 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

This tamaleria in Clearing is one of the best on the outskirts of the city. Bundle yourself up with some red, green, and pepper & cheese tamales, and hit the road supremely satisfied.

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9. Tamales Lo Mejor De Guerrero 7024 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626 (Rogers Park)

Featuring a variety of traditional tamales, Lo Mejor de Guerrero is fighting the war on hunger one delicious wrapped morsel at a time. Stick with the classics, or even go for some of their dessert-based tamales.

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10. Los Tamales Oaxaquenos W Oakton St & Short Ter, Des Plaines, IL 60018

As you can guess from the name this resto specializes in Oaxacan-style tamales, which're steamed inside banana leaves rather than corn husks, and it's a must to get a side of their homemade mole sauce to dip them in.