Tequila and Tamales Return! Mark Your Calendars (December 10) and Come Hungry

Photo by Francisco Montes
Tamales from 2012's event.
Last year, La Mexicana took home the grand prize for best tamale, and El Gran Malo wowed the crowd with roasted jalapeƱo-infused tequila with cucumber agua fresca.

This year, the folks behind El Gran Malo are busy opening their new venture, El Big Bad, but La Mexicana is back again to defend its title against Irma's Restaurant, Texas Tamale Company and Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, all of whom are masters at the classic Tex-Mex dish.

Tequila will be provided by local brand Agavales Tequila, and restaurants will be tasked with coming up with a unique drink to pair with their food using the special tequila.

If you're not one of the first 150 through the door, you won't be able to sample the offerings, but you can still hang out and enjoy a mariachi band and drink specials from Pearl Bar (most likely tequila as well). There's no official RSVP, but we encourage you to note your attendance on the event's Facebook page so we get an idea of how many to expect. Please keep in mind, the event is 21 and over only.

Get a head start this year on your holiday planning by taste testing several authentic tamales all in one convenient (and boozy) location. Hope to see you there!

Location Info



El Gran Malo - CLOSED

2307 Ella, Houston, TX

Category: Music

El Big Bad

419 Travis St, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


22 N. Chenevert St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Texas Tamale Company

3340 Fountain View, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

12637 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pearl Lounge

4216 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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