Monday, June 12, 2006

tires and tamales

If you own a car, at some point you'll need to purchase new tires. And as you're sitting in the tire shop, fretting about the hundreds of dollars you're about to spend, you may find yourself thinking that life would be better with some good, cheap tamales. If you live in Salt Lake, you're in luck, thanks to Victor's Tire Shop:



For years, Victor's wife Elvia sold tamales in a corner of the tire shop. Eventually, they decided to start a restaurant. The two businesses inhabit separate sections of the building, but are connected by a shared cash register. On your left, you can inspect new tire options, while being tempted on your right by racks of Mexican snacks and sodas (and often, slices of fresh mango). In the winter, they make atole--a hot, starchy drink. Elvia tells me that they make between 600-1000 tamales every day, and she has about a dozen options to choose from. I told her that my favorite was the chicken verde and she replied that it "wasn't very hot." Yes, it's true, I can't handle the spice. The best part about the tamales is that they cost $1. A dollar!



As you can see from the photo, these are substantial tamales. You might think that a $1 tamale that is sold alongside a tire shop might be a bit suspect, butI'm telling you they are delicious. Absolutely perfect.

And as you are munching on your tamales, you can also entertain yourself by watching the novellas that are playing on the tv.

3 Comments:

Blogger Hilary said...

The essence of rubber, chile and masa... mmmm! The closest thing we have here in IE is Lalo's Tacos, which can be found at the Union 76/Circle K at 14th and Highway 91 in Riverside.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a pratical combination! (What's next--a bait shop/sushi bar?)

Technical question: Is anyone else having problems posting pictures here? I've had trouble off and on during the entire life of this blog--I follow the directions exactly, receive the message that the photo has been posted, and then discover that it isn't there--but after repeated tries I can usually get the desired pic (or a similar one) to show up. Not any more. (This is seriously affecting my motivation to post anything.)

10:02 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Hi, Hilary! Glad to see you've joined the fray. :)

Greetings from the Bay Area, where we're visiting Mark's aunt and uncle. I'll post tales of Santa Barbara wineries and San Francisco eats when we get back to the Inland Empire's culinary wasteland ...

10:07 PM  

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