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Eats Beat: Turkey-and-dressing tamales rolling at Mariposa’s

A pear-walnut-blue cheese salad at Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth.
A pear-walnut-blue cheese salad at Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth. Star-Telegram

The turkey is ready at Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen.

So is the cornbread dressing — both for rolling into the signature Mariposa’s holiday dish, turkey-and-dressing tamales.

The mother-daughter tandem of Irma Gamez and Crystal Padilla sells 2,000 dozen turkey-dinner tamales every year, along with sides of sweet-potato soufflé and cranberry sauce.

It’s Thanksgiving in a shuck.

They come in three sizes: “grande” as a lunch or dinner entrée, regular or mini.

Padilla said Mariposa’s roasts turkeys and bakes dressing, then combines shredded white and dark meat with dressing before rolling it inside tamales.

“People order the tamales for Thanksgiving, or some just have the tamales,” Padilla said.

Other top-selling flavors include traditional pork, jalapeño-cheddar or black bean-carrot-mushroom. The regular-size tamales sell for $15-$18 per dozen.

Mariposa’s also serves $8.95 lunch specials weekdays and Saturdays and dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays at its tiny cafe in what is now called the Crossing shopping center, 5724 Locke Ave. near the Horne Street-Camp Bowie Boulevard intersection. (Yes, the Locke Blocke.)

Order Thanksgiving tamales by Nov. 21 and Christmas tamales by Dec. 21, Padilla said; 817-570-9555,

Turkey updates

If you’re looking for original roast turkey and dressing, there are more options than ever.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is serving a $49 three-course dinner. (Warning: It comes with turkey and “apple-sausage stuffing,” which may or may not satisfy those longing for Southern cornbread dressing.)

Most prime steakhouses and hotels will be open, including Silver Fox (with dressing), Ruth’s Chris and Mercury Chop House.

In Arlington, R Bar & Grill at the Hilton Arlington will serve a $21.99 dinner featuring orange-brandy turkey and — here it is again — “apple-sage stuffing.”

Less expensive options include the Arlington Steak House, Humperdinks or The Keg Steakhouse in Arlington, or the Buttons or Heaven’s Gate Restaurant buffets or Lucile’s Stateside Bistro in Fort Worth.

Give carefully

This is your holiday warning.

If you receive a gift card or a Groupon-style certificate for the holidays, use it right away, generally within about three weeks.

Sure, it’s good later. But it’s only good as long as the restaurant is still open, and a few inevitably shut down after the holidays, leaving diners stuck with holiday gift cards.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538,, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in