Tamale Lady tribute revisited

The Tamale Lady. Oh how we love you. How we look forward to your presence at late night Mission bars, as we quaff our thirst and leave our worries behind. How we look forward to your delicious cheese tamales with the extra hot sauce. Sure you’ve got competition: we’ve seen a tamale guy around the Financial district, and who knows if there are other streetside vendors vying for their share of hipster cash. But not to worry — there are people who are loyal to you, and will not buy from anyone else. Just ask the House of Shields patrons who passionately refused to buy a tamale from that other guy the other day. No substitutes, they said.

The Tamale Lady is a San Francisco institution. Much like Frank Chu and Emperor Norton, she has a massive fan base. Sure she doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry, but it’s only a matter of time. Why, she even has her own Tribe.net page. Plus read this SF Chron story about her from several years ago.

And, of course, there’s the documentary (links to a .mov file). Yes, a documentary.

Here’s to you Tamale Lady. Here’s to you.

1 Comment so far

  1. SEAN (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 8:19 am

    The Tamale Lady truly does rock. She even makes and totes around a vegan tamale. And Zeitgeist throws a birthday party for her every year. She works damn hard and is just a genuinely humble, low-key sweetheart. (And yup, she has t-shirts too. My friend, Chris, proudly sports one.)



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