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Popular tamale truck evicted from its home, finds new spots

Monica’s Homemade Mexican Food truck has had to move from its usual spot at Harry and Seneca.
Monica’s Homemade Mexican Food truck has had to move from its usual spot at Harry and Seneca.

UPDATE:

After I wrote this article last week, Monica Gonzalez had to change her schedule again because of zoning regulations.

Here are her most recent plans:

She’ll be at at Central Avenue Liquor and Smoke, 2940 W. Central, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, she’ll maintain these permanent hours and locations:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at Cycle Station, 406 S. Seneca, at the corner of Maple and Seneca.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at Central Avenue Liquor and Smoke, 2940 W. Central

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The tamale truck I told you about last month has been evicted from its regular spot in a parking lot near Harry and Seneca and now has found two new locations.

Monica's Homemade Mexican Food Truck owner Monica Gonzalez, who sells tamales by the dozen and other Mexican dishes, said that after her truck was featured on Dining with Denise in January, she “became famous overnight.”

Business became brisk, she said, and other restaurants in the area complained. She had permission to be in the lot from the owner of the adjacent building, she said, but city officials told her that because nothing was operating in the building, she wasn’t allowed to serve there.

Now, Gonzalez has an agreement with Central Avenue Liquor and Smoke at 2940 W. Central to park there during the week. Starting today, she’ll serve there from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

On Saturdays afternoons, she’ll park at the Cycle Station at 406 S. Seneca, at the corner of Maple and Seneca. Her hours there will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Occasionally, Gonzalez will park outside of Hopping Gnome Brewing and Central Standard Brewing and serve there.

Since we last talked, Gonzalez has added more things to her menu, including her mom’s famous enchiladas. Previously, they were available by pre-order only. Now, her mother will have chicken, cheese or beef enchiladas with red or green chile sauce on the truck every day. Gonzalez also added tortas and will cater, too.

Over the weekend, I had a chance to try Gonzaelz’s tamales, and I can confirm that they’re muy bueno. Her corn masa dough is perfectly moist, and my favorite of her fillings was the shredded beef. She also sells tamales stuffed with pork, chicken, red or green chiles or cheese. They’re $15 a dozen, one for $2 or three for $5.

If you need a reminder where the truck will be each day, follow its Facebook page or call 316-393-1147 or 316-992-0170.

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