Delta hot tamales: a new find?
- Zorra Jun 26, 2005 06:56 PM
Perusing today's Greenville Delta Democrat-Times on line today, I enjoyed an article comparing local hot tamales; the place that got the most press in this article was Rhoda's, in Lake Village, AR. Articles like that make me homesick! Would somebody please go check this place out for me?
In or around Greenville, there's not many hot tamales that compare to the ones you get at Doe's Eat Place. However, The Corner Market on Hwy 1 South did have hot tamales that I would consider a very close second. I'm not sure if they still sell them or not. They would make both hot and mild versions. The hot ones were tied with red strings and the mild with white.
As a newbie here but Rhoda's veteran, the tamales are wonderful, as are the pecan pies (minature or full-size). The place looks like, uhm, a shack on the outside -see pic -- but the people, especially Rhoda, are warm and hospitable. I heard an interview with Michael Stern of Roadfood.com, who said these are 'head and shoulders' the best of the Delta tamales. I haven't tried them all, but I'd rate Rhoda's well above Doe's famous tamales.
There used to be a place in Leland that had some great tamales, but I don't know if they are still open. If you ever get down to Jackson, the Big Apple Inn's tamales are hard to beat- plus you can get a pig ear sandwich to munch on!
Thought I'd take advantage of the Delta tamales experts chiming in to ask a bit of an off-topic question, apologies. Never having tried Delta tamales, are they significantly different than ones you'd find in more authentic Mexican restaurants? I know they were introduced to the region by Mexican migrant workers in the early part of the 20th century, but I'm wondering if they've diverged at all since then.
The best tamales in the Delta are in Rosedale at Joe Pope's White Front Cafe.......Joe died last year but his sister carrys on the tradition..............Joe made the real tamale. Doe's is made by machine.