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Jul 1, 2013 02:20 PM

Good tamales?

Looking for recent recommendations for tamales in the N.O. area - both restaurants and groceries, if applicable. I like all styles, but really miss Manuel's!


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  1. A far, far cry from Manuel's, but delicious in their own right: tamales made by Isabel, a vendor at the Crescent City Farmer's Market. $1/ea, in bean, bean/cheese, jalapeno/cheese, and a few other varieties. Tuesdays and Saturdays, for sure (I dunno if she does the Th market, I never go to it). Handmade, white corn, wrapped in corn husks.

    1. Norma’s Bakery usually has 3 different kinds of tamales- Hunduran, Mexican and I can’t remember the other. They are very good.

      1. In a restaurant, try High Hat Cafe on Freret. They are meaty, not greasy and come with a tasty dipping sauce. Just wish I could get 'em to serve saltines along side! Might have to smuggle in a few packs...

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        1. re: sanglier

          In a style similar to High Hat tamales are the tamales at Joe Sepie's, Jefferson Highway at Central Ave in old Jefferson. (across the street from Jeff Feed & Garden Center). Skinny, mixed up meat & masa, lots of chile powder, the kind that make their own thin "sauce" (mostly delicious spicy grease) during cooking/reheating.

          1. re: N.O.Food

            I also like the ones at High Hat.

          2. Mamita's Hot Tamales is a mobile operation that will drop off. According to the owners, their tamales are Manuel's resurrected. See this article:


            I don't know their full schedule, but they have a facebook page. They come by the bar where I play darts every Tuesday, so they do seem to have a set schedule of places they hit, but check the facebook page to find out more. Mamita's Hot Tamales.

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            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Thanks Uptown,

              I just discovered their Facebook page yesterday and subscribed. Hope to catch them my next trip down from B.R.