Since 1959, the Rodriguez family has been serving up authentic Mexican cuisine at its 6th Street restaurant in Wichita Falls. But over the years, the Rodriguez Tortilla Factory has evolved.
“We just do tamales now,” family member that works at the restaurant Katherine Love said.
It’s not hard to see why. Tamales are a Christmas tradition for many families in the area, so many in fact, during the few days before Christmas, the restaurant doesn’t take walk-ins. While Love won’t know the exact amount they’ve made until the start of the new year, she said she does know much work is ahead.
“From today until Christmas Eve, I have 1,000 dozens to cook,” Love said. And then, on Christmas Eve, “We do 70 dozen an hour.”
What makes a Rodriguez family tamale so good? Wichita Falls resident Janice Horton, who’s been ordering tamales from the restaurant for the past decade, said she believes she knows why.
“They’re not dry. And a lot of places, they don’t put that much meat in theirs and they do. I just love it,” Horton said.
While she recognizes her family’s tamales are very popular, Love said there’s no such thing as a bad tamale.
“It’s just different. Everyone does them differently. Everybody’s mother does them differently and everyone’s traditions are different. There’s no bad tamales,” Love said.