I'd been hearing good things about Tamale's Industry
in Des Moines for a few years so when we were in town last month Mrs. Chicken and I checked them out. I actually tried to visit them last year but they were in the midst of transitioning from their old location on 2nd Avenue to the Merle Hay Mall food court, so I missed out.
Yes, they're really in a mall.
We ordered one spicy chicken tamale with green sauce, one with poblano and cheese, and one with beef and red sauce.
The beef tamale had good flavor but was a little on the dry side, so it could've been better. The one with poblano and cheese was also good and surprisingly not that spicy, but the real winner was the tamale with chicken and green sauce. It definitely had some heat and I really liked the sauce; in fact, it tasted good enough for my wife to willingly accept the chile pain and take more than one bite.
I don't know the exact reasons for the move to the mall but the previous location was an older building so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a serious financial component, and of course the mall food court offers a lot more foot traffic than 2nd Avenue.