25 March 2011

Street Food Friday: Tamale Spaceship

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to my first Street Food Friday post! Wait, what is Street Food Friday? This is a day dedicated to great, urban street good, sold on trucks, carts, you name it.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

I love food and so do several of my blogger friends, including Lacey, Gretchen and Doni, who will be joining me in this series. Each week, one of us will showcase one of our favorite pieces of street food. What we include in the posts may be different but it’s all an homage to awesome, local food in each of our cities, something we all love.

And for the inaugural Street Food Friday post, I’m talking about a local Chicago food truck called: Tamale Spaceship.

Name: Tamale Spaceship (awesome)

Twitter handle: @tamalespaceship

Website: http://tamallispacecharros.blogspot.com/

What is it: There is a whole backstory on the website, but honestly, I don’t understand it, so to keep it simple – it’s a food truck that sells tamales and proprietors that wear Mexican wrestling masks. Sold.

What I ate: I got two pork and tomato habanero tamales and it was really, really good. The portion size was perfect, filling without being too full and the pork was really delicious. Goodness I love some good pork. And the sauce was spicy without making my mouth feel on fire and covering the pork flavor.

What else is on the menu: Here is a picture of what else they sell, let’s just say, I have my eye on the flank steak with black mole. Come to mama!

Cost: $7 for two tamales (note, it’s cash only and you cannot mix and match)

Due to city ordinances, Chicago is very behind on the food truck movement, but we’re slowly catching up and now have several trucks that not only sell food, but also desserts. Dessert trucks in Chicago are also gaining popularity. You can watch a clip from NBC Chicago (along with a reporter overdoing it on camera) here to see some of the other trucks in the city that I will be reporting on!

And if you have any requests for trucks to showcase here, let me know!


  1. Asking questions are really pleasant thing if you are not understanding something completely,
    however this piece of writing presents nice understanding even.

  2. dee says:

    The food look good! I don’t see anything vegan. You should make a vegan tamales!

  3. Maridsa says:

    Do you have green chicken tamales.

  4. bob says:

    I might take a rain check on bring your dad to school day if he wears the mask.

  5. What a great idea for posting. Food trucks have become so big now all over

  6. katelin says:

    ummmm that tamale looks delicious. and i love that they wear wrestling masks, that is too funny.

  7. food trucks are so trendy right now! I need to hit up a few when i go to nyc next time. boston doesn’t erally have any… ;/

  8. Bing says:

    Yum, that looks delish! I love food trucks too. Like Chicago, Atlanta has all these crazy laws that make it difficult for the food trucks to thrive. Hopefully that will change soon, and more and more food trucks can start taking over the streets!

  9. Nora says:

    Um, yum. I love the idea of getting Mexican food from a truck. I wonder if STL has any… I’ll have to find out.

    I like food in general, so any kind of food truck you want to share, I’ll read about it (and then hunt it down when I can!)

  10. Lacey Bean says:


  11. ahh can’t wait to read these posts! So sad that STL doesn’t have more food trucks,I LOVE them!!

  12. doniree says:

    I’ll be honest. While those tamales look awesome… the masks kind of scare me!