Ride to Eat Tamales Tour (RTETT)

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  1. tslaw

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    This thread is to document the great places to enjoy Hot Tamales in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:place></st1:State>, but contributions from other states are welcome. Its origin derived from discussions on several of the <st1:State w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:State> threads of visits to local Jackson and <st1:City w:st="on">Vicksburg</st1:City> establishments, Fat Mama&#8217;s in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Natchez</st1:place></st1:City>, and the Onward Store. Limited internet research provided a starting point:


    ...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.

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

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    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.
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    Emerald Mound.
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    Fat Mama's.
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    The tamales were bland except for the over powering use of black pepper.
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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.

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    Next stop - Winterville Mounds to stretch.

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    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.

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    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.
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    Good day for a ride up Hwy 1 and backroads home as far as Arcola, then Hwy 61.
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  4. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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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.

    NFE
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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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    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. :lol3


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

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I don't think that Mississippi would be at the top of my list of places to find good tamales....:evil:rofl
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  9. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    I don't think I'd take advice on food from a guy named SKINNY:rofl.
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  10. mouthfulloflake

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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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    :roflNow that is funny!:rofl
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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...:lol3
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  13. Anticyclone

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    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:D
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    :clap Another good place....Kocina de Raphael...Las Vegas, New Mexico
    Hatch chili...Red!
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  15. dan650

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    Steelpony and myself rode to the Onward store and had some tamales,
    I hate to say the the store had Fat mamas beat!!! Also ran into Tslaw
    Great guy nice bike
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    Great meeting all of you too. I think Steelpony, Dan650, and crew are in agreement with Ricky and me - excellent tamales. I won't admit that they are better than Solly's until I try Solly's again, but they are as good if not better than Solly's. They smoke Fat Mama's and the White Front Cafe.

    Ya'll did much better than I did on photos - thanks.
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    Good comments guys - feel free to educate and prompt comments at will. It's a stretch for me to venture away from our tamales in Vicksburg since that's all I've really tried before. I cannot believe i've never had a tamale in the west.

    There is a lot of Mississippi tamale history on the Tamale Trail site that Steelpony posted: http://www.tamaletrail.com/introduction.shtml

    I'm sure similar info exists for other states. If you run across anything from your state to share please post links and comments at will.
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  18. mouthfulloflake

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    I have some from Dilworth's ( Mississippi)

    and some from a Super Mercado ( mexican grocery store) here in NWA

    both in my freezer, maybe Ill get a chance for some pics soon.
    have to be fast though, they dont last long from thawed out, to gone.

    :D
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  19. SKINNY

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    In most of Texas, you'll have a choice of pork, chicken, or beef...either red or green pepper seasoned.
    It's known as Tex-Mex food here...
    If you go to New Mexico, you find an entirely different style that is not Tex-Mex.
    I've eaten tamales that were made fresh by the locals in the jungles of San Luis Potosi and the Copper Canyon area of northern Chihuahua and they are pretty much the same as Tex-Mex...
    I've eaten them in Vera Cruz, and had no idea what they were stuffed with...nothing I could recognize....
    But they were good...!
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    Nothing you would WANT to recognize! woofwoof :evil
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