I had been quite looking forward to enjoying the variety of tamales, considering the accolades of articles previously written as well as the high rating of 8.7, and the overall cuteness of the decor, but slightly thrown off by the very empty tables. Having selected a combination of 7 tamales both savory and sweet to sample the creative nature of ingredients, and considering they each cost average $4-$7/each, I was expecting a feast of multi flavor explosion, I was sadly disappointed. And I know tamales, I have been helping my family make tamales in that glorious assembly line for all family dinner holiday gatherings, as long as I can remember, as well as create my own modern takes on the mexican treat, so I know about the right texture of the masa, and the flavors, and etc. Unfornately, at Tamara's Tamales--apart from having the texture of the masa dough spot on and the generous size of the tamales, that simply CANNOT make up for the VERY BLAND, and I mean bland flavorless mush that was presented. I had to resort to plenty of salt(and I am not usually a salt-sprinkler on food) and other accompaniments available to try and fix it, I ended up throwing most of them away, after a few bites. The only positive note here is that I give kudos for a tasty well spiced sweet pumpkin tamal--the only good one in the bunch. While I appreciate this concept very much, the folks behind Tamara's Tamales need to taste each of their hopeful tamal delicacies prior to cranking out those batches. Additionally charging $4 for horchata which is just sweet rice water is a bit much.
Pros: Very bright decor, cute... free parking
Cons: Expensive for the food quality--zero flavor