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Tamale Spaceship Lands In Wicker Park In Two Weeks

By Melissa Wiley in Food on Jul 1, 2014 7:30PM

Chicken tamale from The Tamale Spaceship (Food Truck Freak)

The Tamale Spaceship is at last coming down to Earth. The city’s longest running food truck will set up permanent shop at 1341 N. Damen the second week of July, according to DNAInfo. And what’s that, luche libres, you say? Tamale Station will be adding tacos for a one-two punch, so Big Star had better watch its back.

In addition to its nine standard tamales, co-founders Manny Hernandez and Pepe Balanzar will sell three varieties of tacos in addition to a chicken wrap, soups and salads, including an ensalada mutande with mango and jicama and traditional Mexican chopped salad, as well as artisanal ice cream and sorbet. The muscled muchachos are still fine-tuning the taco menu, but expect either beef barbacoa or braised beef short rib, cochinita pibil or roasted pork and a portobello mushroom. Tacos will come in pairs for $6.75, and you’ll pay the usual $8 for your twin tamales.

Plumbing pickles and considerable lag time involved in obtaining a construction permit forced the Spaceship to hover seven months longer than it originally planned. But the July opening means the patio, which seats 30, is a go while the eatery itself accommodates 10. The Tamale Station will stay BYOB after Hernandez and Balanzar realized securing a liquor license might move their opening to fall.