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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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1. Mamita's Hot Tamales

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2051 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005
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.

2. Mizado Cocina

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5080 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 885-5555
Duck confit tamale. That's all you need to know.

3. Lemonade Parade

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4709 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 428-2200
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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.

4. High Hat

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4510 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 754-1336
Delta style hot tamales come two per order.

5. Holly's Tamales

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1431 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
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.

6. Guillory Deli and Tamales

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3708 Derbigny St
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 833-1390
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Home of the tamale sandwich, served with chili and cheese. Hot tamales also available by the dozen.

7. Cafe Negril

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606 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 944-4744
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.

8. 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.

9. Felipe's Taqueria

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411 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
The pork tamale is definitely a hidden gem on Felipe's menu. Cheap, hot, and definitely delicious.

10. Casa Borrega

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1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654
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This authentic Mexican restaurant and nightlife hub serves their tamale of the day two per order.

11. 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.

12. Bayona

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112-3406
(504) 525-4455
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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."

1. Mamita's Hot Tamales

2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005
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.
2051 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Mizado Cocina

5080 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118
Duck confit tamale. That's all you need to know.
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Lemonade Parade

4709 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
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.
4709 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. High Hat

4510 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Delta style hot tamales come two per order.
4510 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Holly's Tamales

1431 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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.
1431 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Guillory Deli and Tamales

3708 Derbigny St, Metairie, LA 70001
Home of the tamale sandwich, served with chili and cheese. Hot tamales also available by the dozen.
3708 Derbigny St
Metairie, LA 70001

7. Cafe Negril

606 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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.
606 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Bevi Seafood Co.

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

9. Felipe's Taqueria

411 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
The pork tamale is definitely a hidden gem on Felipe's menu. Cheap, hot, and definitely delicious.
411 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Casa Borrega

1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
This authentic Mexican restaurant and nightlife hub serves their tamale of the day two per order.
1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

11. Norma's Sweets Bakery

New Orleans, LA 70119
Here you'll find a few different types of meaty tamales, including the Honduran variation which come wrapped in banana leaves.

12. Bayona

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112-3406
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."
430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112-3406

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