The Tamale Lady’s birthday

We went to Zeitgeist (great bar with patio and bike parking and a grill out back — and some filthy bathrooms) last night for my friend’s birthday.  It turns out that June 24 is also the Tamale Lady’s birthday!  The Tamale Lady is patron saint to San Francisco hipsters — she travels from bar to bar with coolers full of tamales and a bottle of hot sauce, and saves you from yourself when you’re too drunk and hungry to feed yourself. Here she is, dressed in hot pink, serving some birthday-special chicken mole out of some really big pots.

Tamale lady serves up chicken mole

It was a damn good chicken mole. It also came with some really odd pasta salad. This plate of food and all-you-could-drink Speakeasy beer was $10. Not a bad birthday party.

Damn good mole

Tamales covered in mole are pretty amazing too. Her prices seem to have gone up — it was $3.50 each, where I remember paying $2.. but that was years ago, so perhaps it’s just inflation and rising food prices.

Tamales and mole

6 Responses to “The Tamale Lady’s birthday”

  1. 1 winyang June 25, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    I just read about Zeitgeist somewhere.

    Also, we totally ran into the Tamale Lady when I was over there, but sadly, we had just come from eating those massive belly torpedoes they call burritos at El Farolito. Oh, and drinking our respective weights in beer. So no tamales. But next time.

    Joyce, you share a birthday with the Tamale Lady!

  2. 2 catfoo June 25, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    We should meet up there for Joyce’s birthday next year!

    Zeitgeist is one of my favorite bars. The only problem is that it’s too cold in San Francisco to comfortably stand outside for hours while drinking cold beer. But now that we’ve figured out the optimal no-hill bike route between our apartment and the bar, I just might have to go more often.

    They will also make you a gin and tonic in a pint glass.

  3. 3 winyang June 26, 2008 at 12:01 am

    G&T in a pint glass? It already feels like home.

  4. 4 ganda June 26, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I know someone who’s going to be the Tamale Lady for Halloween. Genius!

  5. 5 joyce June 26, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    i’m trying to convince someone to be Winnie for Halloween. I think it might work.

  6. 6 Sasha June 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Zeitgeist is amazing and that’s where I first encountered the Tamale Lady myself! So I’ve got a slow food question for you. Can you email me when you get a moment? The pig head continues to occupy my thoughts. I’m frantically searching around chicago for a butchering class…

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