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:
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.
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