Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tamales Ancira

Tamales

Tamales Ancira, a store that has been operating in Chula Vista since 1989, opened up a location on Garnet Avenue here in Pacific Beach about a year or so ago. While they aren't going to make us forget about the tamales we had in Oaxaca, they do a very good job and we are really lucky to have such a great place just a few blocks away from our house.

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They are primarily a take-out business, but they do have a few small tables if you want to eat there. You can order your tamales a la carte, or as a combo plate with rice and beans.

Here is the 3-tamal combo plate:

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If you order tamales a la carte, they wrap them up nicely for you.

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They also give you salsas, cheese and crema. Today they were out of their red salsa, but we got their green salsas. One is a traditional tomatillo-based salsa verde, and the other is a mixture of green and red chiles. Both are relatively mild, but very tasty.

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First up, the chicken tamal. They do it in a flavorful red sauce. I love the way the redness stains the masa.

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Chicharrón isn't my favorite thing in the world, but they do a good version - cooked until fully soft and not chewy like it sometimes can be.

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The picadillo is generally very good, but this time around the meat was a bit dry. Like all the others however, the masa was flavorful, soft and well seasoned.

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Here is the pork tamal - moist shreds of meat in a green sauce.

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And finally, the beef tamal. Like the chicken, it is in a red sauce. This one has been our favorite of all we've tried so far - earthy, savory and very satisfying.

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If you are near PB and are craving tamales, definitely check them out.

Tamales Ancira
1404 Garnet Ave.
(858) 270-1810
Open Mon-Sat, 9:00-9:00PM and Sun 10:00-5:00PM

4 comments:

  1. Hey Mike - We passed by the other day and was wondering how this place was. Thanks for all the info!

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  2. Hi Kirk - I definitely recommend giving them a try. I hope they make a go of it there - that location has been cursed for the past 10 years or so (one failed place after another).

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  3. I have had the tamales from this location on several occasions and have enjoyed them. I really like the pineapple.

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  4. I've only had the savory tamales so far - I'll make sure to try the pineapple next time.

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