When it comes to the holiday season, living in the Southwest means enjoying the bonus of fresh tamales in addition to the rest of the country's more traditional fare. Whether they are green, red, vegetarian, or sweet, several places throughout the Valley are happy to serve up your favorites. Here are 12 spots we like the best. (Note: For the best results, make sure to call ahead for orders and pickup times.)
The Tamale Store If you're a farmers market groupie, chances are you're well-acquainted with this little shop in North Phoenix serving about 20 kinds of tasty creations. There are even two special December-only tamales: one made with ground beef, dried nuts and fruits, and Monterrey jack cheese; and another, a dessert tamale, simply called Holiday Fruit Cake. Grab two for $5, six for $15, or a dozen for $27. Call, e-mail, or stop by to place an order. Or, purchase what the store may have in stock that day by simply dropping by.