When Felipe Hernandez first opened Los Hernandez Tamales in the fall of 1990 in Union Gap - little did he know the impact the business would have for Union Gap and the Yakima Valley. This year the restaurant turns 30-years-old.
One of the secrets to their tamales is the masa. They mill their masa from only certain varieties of dried corn. Each tamale is then prepared by spreading freshly made masa on the corn husk and adding the appropriate filling.  A news release says what started as a way to create a job in 1990 has grown into a huge success story.
A second Los Hernandez Tamales was opened in the spring of 2019 in Yakima.

Los Hernandez Tamales will be holding a celebration the weekend of October 9-11 at the Union Gap location. There will be limited 30th year celebration merchandise available, and of course - world famous tamales.

The business is very much a family business, with Felipe & June Hernandez as owners, their daughter Rachel manages the restaurant locations and her husband Dion Wilburn manages the production facility.