VIDEO: At Tamales Tamazula, food is art
on September 13, 2021
Cruz Arroyo owns and operates Tamales Tamazula in Richmond, where his passion for food and tradition drives his business and keeps his customers returning week after week.
The 41-year-old tamalero parks his stand at 23rd Street and Lincoln Avenue, where he sells tamales from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday to Sunday.
He’s had to move his business to various spots in Richmond in the past eight years and jump a few hurdles to keep it going during a global pandemic. Through it all, his customers have remained loyal, arriving like clockwork on given mornings, often buying tamales not just for themselves but also for their families.
Arroyo credits his mother and the values she instilled in him as the reason for his success. He said he strives to make not just good tamales but the best in California. To him, tamale making is an art.
Richmond Confidential welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Richmond Confidential assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.
Richmond Confidential is an online news service produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for, and about, the people of Richmond, California. Our goal is to produce professional and engaging journalism that is useful for the citizens of the city.
Please send news tips to email@example.com.