Thanks to Joan Obra from the Fresno Beehive for bringing something awesomely unique to our attention. Apparently Fresno has just gotten it's very own Casa de Tamales! A strictly tamale-centric restaurant. It's everything tamales!
No longer do we have to wait for our wonderful friends and neighbors to begin the Christmas orgy of small business and family tamale construction. Or suffer through the poor little frozen tamales microwaved and drenched in sauce that you get at Biff's Authentic Taco Shack and Surfboard Waxeria. At least thats what we're hoping for. Fresh steamed masa goodness.
And beyond the usual and obvious fillings (shredded beef, chicken mole, chorizo and potatoes) they're also doing a selection of sweet tamales that look rather interesting. I'm insanely curious as to how a chocolate cake tamale will work out, or a blueberry and cream cheese. Theres even soyrizo(an invention of the Devil) and potatoes for them veggie eating folks....still can't understand how y'all can survive without vitamin Beef in your diet...
Anyway! The prices look reasonable at around $2.50 per tamale, so assuming 2 makes a decent meal, you're looking at a $5 lunch. Sounds better than a Micky D's combo any day. And if you're feeding an army, they sell by the dozen anywhere from $22 to $35 depending on the filling.
I love the premise and I love tamales. We've still yet to find out if they can make GOOD tamales, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. It's a pretty bold business move in my opinion. Fresno does love South o' the Border cuisine for sure. But many also know the burnout of having tamale stew for the 20th time in February, cursing your cousins for not taking more of Mom's tamales home during Christmas. But then again, Mom didn't make spinach and artichoke tamales either.
Here's hoping that they're good and they succeed. If you'd like to beat us out to try them first you can find them here.