I wanted to do a tamale run this Christmas and had big plans - Arandas and Dona Tere on Beechnut, La Roca on Bissonet, Tamales a Mano on West Bellfort @ Chimney Rock and maybe Amigos Meat Market on West Bellfort @ Roark where I've had some very good tamales as part of a platillo. I already know I love Alamo Tamales but I thought I'd stick to places on the southwest side, closer to home and see what I could find.
On eGullet I read about fast food tamales - I didn't know Wienerschnitzel had tamales @ Christmas time! Then I found El Pollo Loco had three tamale offerings on their Holiday Specials menu.
And on Next Door I read about a new place in Bellaire called Momma's. I only made it to El Pollo Loco and Momma's, which only opened about 3 weeks ago.