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Eats Beat: Take-home tamales in a range of flavors – and prices

Peppermint candy-cane cream-cheese kolaches at Duffey’s in Fort Worth.
Peppermint candy-cane cream-cheese kolaches at Duffey’s in Fort Worth.

Christmas dinner can be turkey-and-dressing.

Or at Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth, it can be turkey-and-dressing tamales.

The turkey-dinner tamales are one of about 20 flavors sold by order at the tiny cafe on Locke Avenue, with availability until Christmas Eve.

Mariposa’s also makes chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian tamales in several flavors. They’re $15-$18 per dozen; 5724 Locke Ave., 817-570-9555,

More take-home tamales:

▪ Marquez Bakery, Tortilla Factory & Restaurant near AT&T Stadium is Arlington’s go-to stop for basic, inexpensive pork tamales; $8.99 per dozen, 1730 E. Division St. (Texas 180), 817-265-8858,

▪ The Esperanza’s Bakery & Cafes, founded by the late Hope Lancarte, have added beef, chicken and cheese tamales this year along with the traditional pork. They range from $10.15 per dozen to $13.29; 2122 N. Main St., 817-626-5770, or 1601 Park Place Ave., 817-923-1961;

▪ Pulido’s Restaurants are taking orders for tamales in a dozen flavors, including spicy tamales and sweet dessert tamales. They’re $11 per dozen; 10 locations,

▪ The Cardona Foods Tortilla Factory Cafe in north Fort Worth sells pork tamales for $9.95 per dozen; 850 Meacham Blvd. at Farm Road 156, 817-625-6477,

▪ Hot Damn, Tamales! is among shops selling artisan tamales in assorted flavors; 713 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-926-9909,

(In emergencies, Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores sell excellent pork and beef tamales made locally by Rodriguez Foods. The El Rancho Supermercado locations also sell a variety of tamales.)

Perennial favorite Mi Cocinita, 35091/2 Bryan Ave., is sold out.

Kolache outpost

For Duffey’s Kolache Bakery, a 1-mile move has doubled business.

You might also credit Duffey’s new peppermint candy-cane cream-cheese kolache, an addition to a holiday menu that already includes pumpkin and chocolate.

Duffey’s won the prize for “best fruit kolaches” at Westfest in the Czech town of West last year, so it’s the real Czech deal.

The new location is 8653 N. Beach St., off North Tarrant Parkway; 817-428-2777,

Newly polished Silver

The Silver Fox Steakhouse in Fort Worth was long due for remodeling.

Finally, a complete makeover earlier this month turned Silver Fox into a sleek, casual prime steak dining room. Fort Worth diners like to eat in the bar, so Silver Fox doubled its size. The dining room, a former Good Eats Cafe, was darkened and contemporary light fixtures were added.

It remains open weeknights and Saturdays for dinner only; 817-332-9060,

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