well, since then, i have drunkenly gorged down on many a $5 bag of piping hot tamales.
the tamales are the shit. the tamale guy brings them seat-side service to you while you’re boozing up in your neighborhood watering hole, and out of his plastic cooler, you get six tamales sealed tight in a little ziplog baggie and they save your hungry drunk ass on a cold night with their savory hot goodness.
for a while, though, i was resenting the tamale guy for gypping me of my non-carniverous queso tamales. on two separate occasions (one at the hideout, another at the california clipper) have i come across the tamale guy, requested queso tamales, and sloppily scarfed them down only to discover that the dark shreds wrapped inside my tamale were NOT cheese.
for a while after the second incident, i said that i was through with the tamale guy – “never again!” – but that only lasted so long before i got drunk at the charleston and he, of course, made his reliable nightly rounds.
but that time, my queso tamales turned out to be queso tamales, so, for now, im very pro-tamale guy again.
however, in my tamale guy judgments, i failed to conceive the fact that TWO tamale guys roam chicago (even though it was clearly stated in the news source that i linked to). perhaps i just took in the “tamale guy” as a single concept serviced by many people. who knows.
in any case, the two main tamale guys are claudio and julio. and my tamale guy experiences have clarified who’s who in the tamale guy business and i must submit my loyalties to the one in which i prefer. i just noticed this gapers block post today, and it seems that a fellow tamale guy enthusiast has shared a simlar experience with me after all:
Jen asks for a packet of queso tamales — like Claudio’s, they’re sold in packs of six. Julio says he doesn’t have time to talk now. He is even more hurried than Claudio and has less tendency to smile. Once he’s out the door, off to the nearby Inner Town Pub, Jen confirms that the queso is actually puerco.
so there you have it. claudio if you want queso tamales and julio if you want queso tamales that are acutally meat tamales.
this information has just brought me one step closer to chicago-saavyness. watch out here i come.