Best Bets: Tamales

Hattie's Tamales offers a wet, Delta-style tamale.

Photo by By Jennifer Biggs, The Commercial Appeal

Hattie's Tamales offers a wet, Delta-style tamale.

Hattie’s Tamales have been sold for years in a convenience store at Trigg and Lauderdale. That out-of-the-way spot meant planning a trip, but now that’s changed: Hattie’s has opened in the shopping center with Winchester Farmers Market, a frequent stop on my shopping route.

Hattie's Tamales offers a wet, Delta-style tamale.

Photo by By Jennifer Biggs, The Commercial Appeal

Hattie's Tamales offers a wet, Delta-style tamale.

Chauncey and Keisha Harley just opened shop last Saturday. A friend called me from the parking lot, went in to get tamales and called again to tell me that he didn’t like tamales, but he loved these. I made it by on Tuesday and mentioned what my friend said. It turns out he went back in for a dozen more, Chauncey said.

They come spicy or mild — I’m all about the spicy, so that’s what I tried. They’re made with beef and they’re simmered, which produces a wet, Delta-style tamale. There’s also a far greater ratio of meat to masa than in Hispanic tamales.

“We call them tamales with soul,” Chauncey said.

Eat them like they do in the Delta, with saltines and hot sauce. Chauncey uses Tabasco; I prefer the flavor of Louisiana Hot Sauce.

Tamales are $1, tax included. A bargain at twice the price.

— Jennifer Biggs: 529-5223

Hattie’s Tamales, 3576 Kirby Pkwy., is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The store will soon be open from noon-5 p.m. on Sundays, but call first because a start date is uncertain; the number is 363-3150.

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Comments » 1

SCRAPPY writes:

I have to disagree, $1 a tamale is not a bargain.

I love these tamales, I just hope the pricing does not keep others from trying them.

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