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Where To Eat Tamales in New Orleans Right Now

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Tamales. The Crescent City and surrounding areas are home to some of the finest around, with the New Orleans style hot tamale seemingly perfected by the iconic Manuel's Tamales and Mamita Hernandez decades ago. Today, there are many places serving up tamales in town, from food carts to new restaurants.

These tamales cover not only New Orleans style--served wet, packed with spicy beef, and perfect for devouring on the street, The Fly or at City Park-- but other variations, from crazy duck confit to vegan black bean, from authentic Mexican to Honduran styles. Here now, Eater maps where to eat tamales in New Orleans right now.

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Mamita's Hot Tamales

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Known to pop up across the city--from Vega Tapas to Tracey's-- Mamita's resurrected the New Orleans style tamale (hot, juicy, and beefy) in an era void of Manuel's. Today, July 23, they'll be in front of Hansen's Sno-Bliz at 4 p.m. until 7 (or until they run out). Follow their sched right here.

Mizado Cocina

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Duck confit tamale. That's all you need to know.

Lemonade Parade

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Located in the Manuel's former iconic tamale space, the hot tamales still live on alongside frozen lemonade, all of which makes it a perfect stop before heading for a picnic in City Park or on the bayou.

High Hat

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Delta style hot tamales come two per order.

Holly's Tamales

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Holly's Tamales pops up outside a range of Marigny and Bywater bars including Frenchmen Street, R Bar, Marie's and more. Flavors span from traditional red chile pork to vegan black bean and corn, as well as dessert tamales including Chocolate Banana. Find Holly at the New Orleans Daiquiri Festival this weekend.

Guillory Deli and Tamales

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Home of the tamale sandwich, served with chili and cheese. Hot tamales also available by the dozen.

Cafe Negril

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This Frenchmen nightlife hub is known primarily for their killer pork pineapple tacos, but here the pork tamales are legit, served Honduran style, wrapped in banana leaves.

Bevi Seafood Co.

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At this boiled seafood charmer, chef Justin LeBlanc also does a mean New Orleans hot tamale entree. Six per order.

Felipe's Taqueria

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The pork tamale is definitely a hidden gem on Felipe's menu. Cheap, hot, and definitely delicious.

Casa Borrega

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This authentic Mexican restaurant and nightlife hub serves their tamale of the day two per order.

Norma's Sweets Bakery

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Here you'll find a few different types of meaty tamales, including the Honduran variation which come wrapped in banana leaves.
Fine dining variation? Yes, a tipster writes that Bayona's "Chile and Chocolate Spiced Duck Breast is served with a Braised Duck Tamale and Oaxacan Mole."

Mamita's Hot Tamales

Known to pop up across the city--from Vega Tapas to Tracey's-- Mamita's resurrected the New Orleans style tamale (hot, juicy, and beefy) in an era void of Manuel's. Today, July 23, they'll be in front of Hansen's Sno-Bliz at 4 p.m. until 7 (or until they run out). Follow their sched right here.

Mizado Cocina

Duck confit tamale. That's all you need to know.

Lemonade Parade

Located in the Manuel's former iconic tamale space, the hot tamales still live on alongside frozen lemonade, all of which makes it a perfect stop before heading for a picnic in City Park or on the bayou.

High Hat

Delta style hot tamales come two per order.

Holly's Tamales

Holly's Tamales pops up outside a range of Marigny and Bywater bars including Frenchmen Street, R Bar, Marie's and more. Flavors span from traditional red chile pork to vegan black bean and corn, as well as dessert tamales including Chocolate Banana. Find Holly at the New Orleans Daiquiri Festival this weekend.

Guillory Deli and Tamales

Home of the tamale sandwich, served with chili and cheese. Hot tamales also available by the dozen.

Cafe Negril

This Frenchmen nightlife hub is known primarily for their killer pork pineapple tacos, but here the pork tamales are legit, served Honduran style, wrapped in banana leaves.

Bevi Seafood Co.

At this boiled seafood charmer, chef Justin LeBlanc also does a mean New Orleans hot tamale entree. Six per order.

Felipe's Taqueria

The pork tamale is definitely a hidden gem on Felipe's menu. Cheap, hot, and definitely delicious.

Casa Borrega

This authentic Mexican restaurant and nightlife hub serves their tamale of the day two per order.

Norma's Sweets Bakery

Here you'll find a few different types of meaty tamales, including the Honduran variation which come wrapped in banana leaves.

Bayona

Fine dining variation? Yes, a tipster writes that Bayona's "Chile and Chocolate Spiced Duck Breast is served with a Braised Duck Tamale and Oaxacan Mole."

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