The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tamales

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The little cart that started it all...
7. Berryhill Baja Grill

While the little push-cart that Walter Berryhill once sold his tamales from is no longer in commission, his recipes are still followed to the T every day at Berryhill Baja Grill. That's where you can find the famous Berryhill spinach-and-corn tamales along with chicken and beef versions. They're all incomplete without the thin, ruddy tamale sauce that goes on top, however, with the perfect blend of vinegar and spice to cut through the masa.

6. RDG Bar + Annie

Oh, so you want a classy tamale? Look no further than RDG + Bar Annie, where chef Robert del Grande's take on Mexican and Southwestern cuisine produces a $25 tamale that's almost worth the high ticket price. RDG's tamale comes stuffed with Texas quail and corn, served alongside pan-roasted mushrooms that call to mind the mushroom-stuffed tamales at Hugo's. But the pièce de résistance is the huitlacoche sauce on top, with that signature dusky, funky flavor of Mexican truffles (a.k.a. corn smut).

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Tamales at Gerardo's.
5. Gerardo's

Gerardo's offers more than just its signature barbacoa and carnitas. Around this time of year, it stocks up on supplies to make tamales, too, as the carnicería is always flooded with orders for its equally tempting tamales. It's also a favorite Christmas tamale haunt of former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh.

4. Goode Co. Seafood

Goode Co. Seafood's unique seafood tamales are unlike anything else in town. The handmade tamales are stuffed with shrimp and wrapped in banana leaves, Oaxaca-style, and served with a spicy salsa campechana that's quickly soaked up by the silky masa.

Location Info

Radical Eats

507 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

6401 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Berryhill Baja Grill

1717 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

RDG + Bar Annie

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gerardo's Drive-In Grocery

609 Patton St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goode Co. Seafood

2621 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tamales Don Tere - CLOSED

14447 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Alamo Tamale & Taco

2310 Navigation, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Considering my sister just married into an hispanic family, this is a great find.  We were planning on having tamales for the first time this year.  So far my favorites have been from the deli section at Central market.  I'll have to try a few of these out.

Amy Garcia Leonhardt
Amy Garcia Leonhardt

You know, you ARE allowed to eat tamales throughout the year:)...It is how I achieved my manteca filled frame.

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