Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
Rogers Park storefront offering superior tamales, including the less common banana-leaf-wrapped varieties.
Senora Bustamante's superior, fat corn-husk tamales—chicken or pork, with salsa verde or rojo, plus heavier bean with cheese or cheese and serrano and raisin-studded pineapple and strawberry—rule the weekdays, alongside champurrado and arroz on leche and enchiladas for lunch. These fluffy wonders are a different species from most leaden bricks pulled from coolers across the city, and maintain their airy integrity admirably upon resteaming. On weekends the operation goes into high gear, ladling out pozole, menudo, mole with rice, and a selection of less common banana-leaf-wrapped tamales such as the flat, ash-water-boiled tamales de nejos served with mole, tamales Oaxaquenos, sweet tamales de elote, and the pyramidal corundas.
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