We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dorothy's Homemade Tamales

Mexican, Pub
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
12771 US Hwy 24, Fairplay, CO 80432
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Dorothy's Homemade Tamales and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 18 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 10
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Tamales, Service Not So Much

The tamales were great and my husband liked his breakfast burrito. This appears to be a family operation and I think everyone is trying hard to get everyone served, but I think they need more help.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2013
coloradopolitico
,
Brighton Colorado
Add Photo Write a Review

18 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Federal Heights, Colorado
Level Contributor
63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Every time we go to Fairplay, Co 80440 we have to stop and get some of Dorothy's Homemade Tamales. They are on the very good side of the menu. We always take out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The food overall was good, but the pancakes were excellent! The pancakes were also huge (I'm not sure how they flip them???). The bowling was fun and playing Galaga, Ms Pac-man, and the Indiana Jones pinball machine was a blast!!! My boys (10 and 13) really got into the pinball game. This was very different than the typical video games... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Connecticut
Level Contributor
304 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

These are overrated tamales. Very few options were available and were not that great. And the restaurant's tables are in the lobby of a bowling alley. Would not return.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado, United States
Level Contributor
43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Reviews are too kind. We stopped for carry-out at lunch. The tamales are nothing special and the green chile soup was gelatinous with stringy pork....very strange! Service was poor. RD's Diner in Buena Vista has much better green chile than Dorthy's!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brighton Colorado
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The tamales were great and my husband liked his breakfast burrito. This appears to be a family operation and I think everyone is trying hard to get everyone served, but I think they need more help.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Have been to Dorothy's many times for tamales (the BEST!), but had breakfast today for the first & last time. Over cooked, rubbery eggs, under cooked home fries, & burnt toast. We'll be back, but only for tamales.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Alma, Colorado
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I've been a repeat customer for years (even when it was in Hartsel) because you can't beat these tamales. We get the spicy chz tamales with vegetarian sauce or pork/green chili. My husband is a chef--these recipes are impossible to re-create! This is one of the few restaurants we happily go to on a regular basis. We never dine in--service... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

great prices, good mexican food, at a bowling alley. good for kids, nice owners. will be back again. thanks

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colorado
Level Contributor
143 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I've bought tamales from Dorothy's two Hartsel, CO locations since she first opened her doors. Small with good flavor but unfortunately she still mixes an emulsified filler with the shredded meat. Apparently her move from Hartsel to Fairplay didn't make any difference in her tamales. Better than canned but not nearly as good as they could/should be. Her advantage is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Westminster, Colorado
Level Contributor
209 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

Its a bowling alley restaurant. I was not very hungry I only had one bison plain tamales. It was ok. My boyfriend had smothered bison burrito and 2 beers total Bill came to $21. It was ok. There was only 2 customers in the restaurant.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Dorothy's Homemade Tamales also viewed

 

Been to Dorothy's Homemade Tamales? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12771 US Hwy 24, Fairplay, CO 80432
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Fairplay

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pub

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dorothy's Homemade Tamales staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?