What is a tamale?
A tamale is a traditional Mexican food that is made with masa (corn meal) that is spread on to a corn husk, filled with a savory or sweet filling , wrapped up and gently steamed. It is traditionally made and eaten around Christmas, but in Texas we enjoy them all year long. Here at Tamale House we have been making tamales since 1958 and our team of tamaleras makes every tamale completely by hand. Our tamaleras have over 100 years of combined experience making tamales. Our Tamales are Texas sized, but still wrapped in the traditional corn husk. We offer them individually, as a plate and in convenient 6 packs along with our signature sauces.
How to order at Tamale House?
Tamale House is normally a counter service restaurant. For now, we have switched to an online ordering format. If you would like to pick up your food you can use the link on this website to order on our platform. Toast. When you arrive to pick up your food, ring the doorbell and we will bring out your order. If you are on site and want to order to go, scan the QR code located at the door to place your order. If you are dining with us in one of beautiful outdoor spaces, please scan the QR code ON YOUR TABLE so we know where to bring the food. A runner will bring you your appetizers, drinks and main. If you switch tables call 512-495-9504 to let us know where you are. if you do not have a phone that can scan a QR code, you can google Tamale House Toast to order online. If you do not have a smart phone or need to place a more custom order, please call 512-495-9504. If it is necessary for you to pay cash, please bring exact change.
Do you take reservations?
Although all of our food is made from scratch, we are a casual restaurant, so we do not take reservations at this time. We love large parties, but please limit tables to 10. Please do not put tables together to seat more than 10. If you have a special event with a larger group, please call or email us to make arrangements, so your guests and our kitchen have the best experience possible.
Can I order food to go?
Yes! Please order online. For large orders and catering, please fill out our Catering Inquiry form, call 512-495-9504 or email email@example.com
Do you deliver?
We currently offer online delivery through Uber Eats and Favor. these are our preferred delivery partners and they have accurate menus & pricing. You can also use other delivery services, but we cannot guarantee that they have correct information. For larger family style orders you can use Uber or fill out our Catering Inquiry form.
Do you cater?
We love making your special events even more special. We offer catering both on-site and off-site. Our experienced team is ready to cater your wedding, quinceanera, retirement party or office party. Just reach out to our catering department by filling out the easy Catering Inquiry form.
What beverages do you serve?
We offer iced tea, hot coffee, mineral water, sodas, Mexican sodas, aquas frescas, juices and of course our famous Mexican Iced Coffee and Cold Brew made in house We have a full bar with a curated tequila and mezcal selection and classic spirits including whiskeys, vodkas, and rums. We also serve wine, cocktails and of course margaritas made in house using real fruit purees. We feature 16 beer taps focusing on Mexican and local craft beers, as well as a selection of beers in cans and bottles.
Do you have Vegan and Vegetarian options?
Yes, we have many items on our menu specifically for Vegetarians and Vegans and can customize other dishes to suit these diets.
Do you have Gluten-Free options?
Lots of our dishes are gluten free including tamales, tacos on corn tortillas and enchiladas. If you have any food allergy, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.
Do you have live music?
Stay tuned for the return of live music as local regulations allow it!
Do you have outdoor seating?
We have three spacious outdoor dining areas including the Magical Secret Garden- our beautiful courtyard space, picnic tables in the front off 6th street, and tables on the sunny side of the street off our 5th street entrance.
Are you dog friendly?
Yes, we allow dogs on the patio as long as they are on a leash and have someone to watch over them. Only service animals are allowed inside when inside dining resumes.
Who did your photography?
Our photos were styled by Carmen Valera and the photography is by Jessica Attie. You can visit her site at www.jessicaattie.com For more gorgeous pictures and the latest news of what we are up to, visit our instagram page curated by our own Juan Valera! Tamale_House@instagram.com
Who did your Graffiti Art?
Our graffiti art is by the immensely talented Eleanor Niz aka Nizzle follow her on instagram to see her all her work!