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Mississippians are no stranger to the heat, but in this case, “hot” describes something else Mississippi has become famous for: tamales. The Hot Tamale Trail, created by the Southern Foodways Alliance, is a unique and tasty way to traverse the state, sampling the best of these “hot” grubs along the way.
In Natchez, at local favorite Fat Mama’s Tamales, nothing goes better with a plate of spicy cornhusk-wrapped tamales than a refreshing “Knock-You-Naked” margarita. Solly’s Tamales in Vicksburg is another great mom-and-pop restaurant serving some of the state’s best tamales.
For a delicious twist on the traditional tamale, Ajax Diner in Oxford has a hot tamale pie on its menu that is so good it will leave you asking for seconds.
Perhaps the best place to get tamales in Mississippi is the Delta, and since 1941, the tamales at Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville have been the stuff of legend. With exactly one item on their menu, White Front Café in Rosedale prepares its all-beef tamales with a time-perfected blend of meat, cornmeal and peppery spice. The self-proclaimed “Hot Tamale Capital of the World,” Greenville fires things up each October at the three-day Delta Hot Tamale Festival, which features live music and the crowning of Miss Hot Tamale.