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A Tamale Contest and Taco Troubles in San Antonio

A culinary and cultural destination in San Antonio, Pearl, is hosting a tamale contest in December, challenging you to treat their taste buds with your tamale temptations. Also, Chela's Taco, a popular stand near the UTSA campus, might be forced to move by the Texas Department of Transportation. Tamales and tacos make this round of latest news from our neighbor to the south.

The Pearl tamale contest will award $1000 prizes in each of three categories Best Chicken Tamale, Best Pork Tamale and Best Wild Card/Unique Tamale. The contest is free to enter but restaurants, caterers and professional tamale manufacturers are not eligible to participate. Tamales must be the original recipe and creative work of the person entering the contest.

Registration forms are available on their website, and you have until Nov. 10th to submit your paperwork. The contest will be held on Saturday, December 3rd.

In other San Antonio news, a favorite taco trailer near the UTSA campus battles the Texas Department of Transportation over their location. TXDOT claims their location blocks a right-of-way, an area off the side of the road "reserved" for vehicles that need to pull over.

Marty Davis, the owner of Chela's Taco, says he has been in that location for three years and that a new director at TXDOT is singling him out.

Video: Chela's Tacos Told to Go by TXDOT

· Tamale Contest at Pearl [Official Site]
· TXDOT Tells Chelas Tacos to Go [KENS5]
· Chelas Tacos [Official Site]
· All San Antonio Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]

Chela's Tacos in San Antonio [Photo: Chela's Taco Website]

Chelas Tacos

Utsa Blvd & Utex Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78249