Thursday, June 25, 2009
All Star Tamales at Heart of the City
In Civic Center's "Heart of the City" farmers' market, which is open on Wednesdays and Sundays...
...the most popular food booth belongs to an East Bay company called All Star Tamales.
They distribute their 14 varieties of tamales out of their headquarters in Pittsburg, and at four farmers' markets around the Bay Area: in Walnut Creek, downtown Oakland, and Alemany and Civic Center in San Francisco.
The lines in the Civic Center on a Wednesday can be daunting around noon when all the nearby government office workers come by for an inexpensive lunch of $2.75 for a single tamale, $5.00 for two, and even cheaper as you buy more.
This doesn't deter many people from their corn meal fix, and the usually grungy United Nations Plaza along Market Street turns into an open-air carbohydrate heaven.