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Abarrotes Perez

Update: We think Abarrotes Perez might be closed.

In a word: Your home for fresh local tamales.

The specs: #0188
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; en español.

JM and Nichole each ate about 3 tamales.
The bill was $9, or $4.50/person.
JM and Nichole both gave Abarrotes Perez a B+ (see our grading rubric).

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Abarrotes Perez, Sun Prairie

During the week, Abarrotes Perez is a small, cute Mexican grocery store on Main St. in Sun Prairie. On the weekend, you can get delicious homemade tamales.

Nichole popped in alone on a Monday just to see if there was anything she could bring home; there were no tamales (as she expected) but she did buy a bag of day-old bakery for $1. Though the proprietor warned her that it wouldn't taste good - she must not have looked like she knew what to expect - a large, flaky pastry went perfectly with coffee.

Oh, and the tamales! Arriving on a Sunday about noon, again without JM through some weird twists of fate, Nichole snagged what looked like the last Ziploc bag of 9 tamales for $9. We warmed up the assortment at home and unwrapped them like little treasures.

Abarotes Perez tamales

While all were delectable, some were easier than others for us, in our ignorance, to identify. The chicken and pork varieties had a great kick, thanks to ample but not overpowering green jalapenos. The bean and cheese tamales were Nichole's favorite. The only mystery tamal that we both kind of gave up on (partly because we were full) were the ones made of faintly pink, lightly sweet, almost sasparilla-flavored filling with raisins. (Imagine biting into something you think could be spicy and meaty and instead discovering it tastes of root beer).

These tamales are quite a treat and an amazing value, considering how much work goes into them. Two thumbs up.

La versión corta: Su local para ricos tamales caseros.

Información:
Dirección, horario y detalles por el periódico Isthmus.

JM y Nichole comieron más o menos 3 tamales cada uno.
La cuenta salió en $9.
JM y Nichole calificaron a Abarrotes Perez con una B+.

Entre semana, Abarrotes Perez es una pequeña y bonita tienda mexicana en la calle Main de Sun Prairie. En el fin de semana, ofrece deliciosos tamales caseros.

Nichole pasó sola por la tienda un lunes para ver si tenían comida para llevar; ese día no había tamales (como ella esperaba) pero compró una bolsa de pan del día anterior por $1. Aunque la dueña le avisó que el pan no tendría buen sabor - a lo mejor Nichole se veía muy inocente – la masa holjadrada del pan dulce fue el acompañante perfecto para el café.

¡Y los tamales! Llegando un domingo a mediodía, otra vez sin JM por unos giros del destino, Nichole agarró lo que parecía ser la ultima bolsa Ziploc de 9 tamales por $9. Calentamos el surtido de tamales en casa y los desenvolvemos como pequeños tesoros.

Aunque todos fueron deliciosos, algunos resultaron ser más faciles que otros para nosotros, en nuestra ignorancia, de identificar. Los tamales de puerco y pollo estaban un poco picosos, debido a la abundancia de chiles que aun así no llegaron a dominar el sabor. Los tamales de frijoles y queso fueron los preferidos de Nichole. El único tamal misterioso que prácticamente no comimos (parcialmente porque ya estábamos llenos) fue el tamal hecho con un relleno con un color débil medio-rosita, ligeramente dulce, con un sabor parecido a la zarzaparrilla y con pasas. (Imaginése morder algo que cree que puede contener una carne picosa y descubrir que al contrario sabe al root beer--refresco de zarzaparrilla).

Estos tamales son una delicia a un valor sorprendente, tomando en cuenta el trabajo que se invierte en hacerlos. Aprobado por los dos.

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