The Tamale Pot at NFM - Not your average tamales...

  • July 19, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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There's no limit since there's plenty of seating in the market. 

The lovely ladies of The Tamale Pot are serving up "not your average tamales".  These are "Mississippi Delta Tamales"

What's the difference you ask?

Many hypothesize that tamales made their way to the Mississippi Delta in the early twentieth century when migrant laborers were brought in from Mexico to work the cotton harvest. The African Americans who shared the fields easily recognized the basic tamale ingredients: corn meal and pork.  Others maintain that the Delta’s history with tamales goes back to the U.S.-Mexican War one hundred years earlier, when U.S. soldiers from Mississippi traveled to Mexico and brought tamale recipes home with them. Others argue that tamales have simply always been in the Delta. The Mississippian culture of mound-building Native Americans in the area reaches back thousands of years, with an agriculture based in maize. Tamales have been a portable food of war parties and field workers for millennia. Today, African Americans in the Delta are the primary keepers of the tamale-making tradition. 

The Tamale Pot is the reason I love tamales after 3+ decades of not liking them. I had them with my brother at the Farmers Market when he visited two summers ago and became an instant convert!  The last couple times I've been at the market, they've been serving up their "low country boil" of shrimp, andouille, corn & potatoes.

FYI: You can buy them frozen and take them home for future meals. And don't forget to pick up some Professor Bailey's Spicy Pimento Cheese & Biscuits... 

You have your choice of restaurants: The Tamale Pot will be servicing the "Grow Local Kitchen" in the front of the house. There is also Leo Sushi, Music City Crepes, newly opened Sloco (well known chef Jeremy Barlow), Green Asia, Swagruha Indian, Chicago Gyro, B&C Market BBQ, El Burrito Mexican, Bella Nashville (wood fired pizza), and The Original Nooley's (Cajun). JamaicaWay is closed on Saturdays but I think we can find something to satisfy your appetite... 

Leo Sushi and Music City Crepes are receiving excellent reviews.

The Tamale Pot's website & FB page:

http://www.thetamalepot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tamale-Pot/151622711583550

Save room for dessert and coffee, there's also Buttercake Babe's and Randy's Famous Cheesecake. And if you're not in a hurry, lots of great conversation. And walk it off through the market, pick up some veggies and shop Shreeji's International Market.

Rose, Organizer

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  • Pam H

    I guess we all got separated in the produce section. Since I got all of what I needed, I'm heading out. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    2 · July 19

    • Pam H

      Careful, they're addictive. You're welcome! :-)

      1 · July 19

    • Rose L.

      Yes, they are!

      July 19

  • Rose L.

    Awesome pics, James. You caught the essence of the market, complete with musicians. Love them...

    1 · July 19

  • Rose L.

    Thanks to everyone who came out. And Thanks, Reiner for the pictures. The food was delicious but the company was even better. I scored 3 of my favorite heirloom tomatoes and a quart of blackberries plus 3 dozen of my favorite peanut butter cookies for my upcoming birthday, thank you Pam! I'll start my diet after my birthday... Glad to meet our newest members - Hannah, Gerard and Julie. Hope to see you again soon. Remember, get on the wait list even if it's full, it often turns over at a rapid rate.

    2 · July 19

  • Julie

    Best Tamales and rice ever!

    1 · July 19

  • Pedro

    Great conversation over tamales. Looking forward to the next meetup.

    2 · July 19

  • WANDA B P.

    Good

    1 · July 19

  • Eddy and S.

    Must have missed you guys. I ate then walked around to see what else was there. I was looking for the Hot Chicken place and never found it. Ended up get a huge watermelon, some spicy pimento cheese then got an order to go from the Tamale Pot to take home to Susie

    July 19

  • Erinne R

    Also running late, be there around 12! Overslept!

    1 · July 19

  • Pam H

    Running late - touring parking lot.

    1 · July 19

  • Rose L.

    I am here holding a table for 14 by The Tamale Pot inside the market House. Curly reddish hair and brown top.

    July 19

  • Rose L.

    The picture above was from our last visit. They welcomed us with open arms and a sign. I can't guarantee there will be a special, but I will try and "sweet" talk them ;)

    June 28

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