Alamo Tamale is a Houston institution, and this newer location north of downtown features counter service and a big dining room. If you’re dropping in to pick up tamales for a holiday or event (a local tradition), grab a couple of tacos for lunch while you’re there. The chicken mole taco is a meal in itself—a big flour tortilla is filled with a dab of frijoles (refried beans), and big chunks of tender chicken stewed in a smoky red mole sauce are ladled on top.
809 Berry Rd, 713-692-6363. Open Mon–Thu 5 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri–Sun 5 a.m.–5 p.m.