The Tamale Spaceship
Manny Hernandez and his masked, sombrero-ed crew travel the Loop in a truck (they call it their spaceship) full of the best tamale options in town. From the Yucatecan-style roasted pork tamale with tomato-habanero sauce and purple pickled onions to the chicken barbacoa-style tamal topped with Michoacán green peanut mole, the menu is seriously a-maize-ing. Keep track of the spaceship stops through Twitter (@TamaleSpaceship101). A set schedule includes lunch gigs (11:30am-1pm) at Madison and Wacker on Tuesdays; Wabash and Van Buren on Wednesdays; Clinton and Lake on Thursdays; and Dearborn and Monroe on Fridays. Ask about tamale wine pairings. Seriously.
The Tamale Spaceship, (312)909-7009, thetamalespaceship.com
Best of Chicago 2012