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Old 01-20-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Ride to Eat Tamales Tour (RTETT)

This thread is to document the great places to enjoy Hot Tamales in Mississippi, but contributions from other states are welcome. Its origin derived from discussions on several of the Mississippi threads of visits to local Jackson and Vicksburg establishments, Fat Mama’s in Natchez, and the Onward Store. Limited internet research provided a starting point:

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Tamales are a good thing ...

Headed to the Onward Store on Monday to try'um ...

http://www.tamaletrail.com/map.shtml

...there is a Tamale Festival in the Tamale Capitol of the world.
http://www.hottamalefest.com/index.html



Several discussions prompted this thread, especially this one by DavidQ, BackwoodsKLR, Anticyclone, and MSRider.


From a NYD ride - the Onward Store.
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I think I've eaten Sollies before. Pretty good.

I was extremely disappointed in Fat Mamas.

The BBQ joint on 471 has the best around here but Onward store was the best I've had in MS. Hopefully the new owners bought the recipe.
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Wish that I had tried the tamales at Onward under the old ownership. The only time I ate there was a few years ago and my lunch was only fair - didn't know they had tamales. I will give them a taste soon.


I may hit a few of these places over the holidays.
http://www.tamaletrail.com/map.shtml

So, pick a place, ride, review, and post a few pictures of interesting places on the ride.

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Old 01-20-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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Fat Mama's in Natchez

12-31-2012

Started the rtett (ride to eat tamales tour) today. First ride was to fat mama's in natchez. Dq's earlier post about his experience there was spot on. They seemed to be very bland except for the over load of pepper. Ride was great - food not so good.

Couple of stops on the way down:

Church Hill.


Emerald Mound.


Fat Mama's.


The tamales were bland except for the over powering use of black pepper.

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Old 01-20-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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The White Front Cafe in Rosedale

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My cruiser buddies Jim and Di wanted to continue our ride to eat tamales tour today.

We stopped by here first - too early for tamales, too late for a biscuit.



Next stop - Winterville Mounds to stretch.




Then "going down to Rosedale" - actually up but doesn't make as good a song. The historic White Front Cafe. Should have moved the bikes in front of the building but there was a no parking sign (that only applies north of the building according to the owner).


White Front Cafe, Rosedale.





The tamales were much better than Fat Mamas - Di could eat them (and liked them) and couldn't eat Fat Mamas. Good spices and shredded meat rather than ground. I thought they were decent but still favor the Tamale Place or Solly's - product of my environment.

The owner, Barbara Pope, took over Joe's Hot Tamales/White Front Cafe when her brother Joe died. She sat at the table beside us and told us about the history of the place and Rosedale. She was very sweet and made the whole experience enjoyable.

Quick stop for frog viewing in Leland.



Good day for a ride up Hwy 1 and backroads home as far as Arcola, then Hwy 61.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:21 PM   #4
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"Hot Tamales Hattie" lived a couple of blocks from our house. Every Saturday, she would make tamales and peddle them around the Courthouse Square from a baby carriage that once carried my son's great grandfather.

Almost ever Saturday, we would go to Hatties' house to catch the first fresh batch.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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"Hot Tamales Hattie" lived a couple of blocks from our house. Every Saturday, she would make tamales and peddle them around the Courthouse Square from a baby carriage that once carried my son's great grandfather.

Almost ever Saturday, we would go to Hatties' house to catch the first fresh batch.

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Cool, Solly's in Vicksburg was originally a one man, one cart deal. After his death his family and/or friends started two tamale places: Solly's and the Tamale Place. The owners of each place claim to be the true Solly's Tamales and don't get along. I love them both, but cannot really tell a great difference.
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I was going to suggest Dilworth's in Corinth, but after seeing your photos, I think all of the ones you've eaten so far look better.

great idea/concept, I love tamales!

http://www.google.com/search?q=dilwo...w=1920&bih=948
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I was going to suggest Dilworth's in Corinth, but after seeing your photos, I think all of the ones you've eaten so far look better.

great idea/concept, I love tamales!

http://www.google.com/search?q=dilwo...w=1920&bih=948

Dilworth's is included on the Tamale Trail, but it's an over nighter from here. So far I've learned that tamales cannot be judged by looks.


But, I might be wrong - hope they taste better than they look.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaplanbr/2484775769/

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I don't think that Mississippi would be at the top of my list of places to find good tamales....
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I don't think that Mississippi would be at the top of my list of places to find good tamales....
I don't think I'd take advice on food from a guy named SKINNY.
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you have to know the difference between soul food tamales or south of the border style tamales

why would the Mississippi Delta region not have good soul food?
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I don't think I'd take advice on food from a guy named SKINNY.
Now that is funny!
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you have to know the difference between soul food tamales or south of the border style tamales

why would the Mississippi Delta region not have good soul food?
Soul food tamales???
They may very well be tasty, but you'd get laughed out of Texas for suggesting such a thing...Tamales are nearly a religion here...
and the name skinny is no longer exactly accurate...too many tamales...
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Soul food tamales???
They may very well be tasty, but you'd get laughed out of Texas for suggesting such a thing...Tamales are nearly a religion here...
and the name skinny is no longer exactly accurate...too many tamales...
There is a huge difference between the two. Other than having some sort of meat center and some sort of corn meal wrapper they have nothing in common. My wife, a native Texan, has never developed a taste for the MS variety.

I'll eat both kinds, so I'm not exactly skinny either
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MS...would not have guessed!

Another good place....Kocina de Raphael...Las Vegas, New Mexico
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Onward Tamale Ride

A couple of friends decided to make a ride to Onward Store to try out the tamales. The best tamales I've had so far ... I'll make this ride again ...

tslaw also showed up to try out the tamales, maybe he'll give his tamale report ...
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More on tamales in Mississippi ...
http://www.tamaletrail.com/
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