Guillory's Grocery & Meat Market
3708 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-1390
Firm, dense, short tamales are smothered in gravy dotted with bits of meat.
Buffa's Restaurant & Lounge
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038
New Orleans-style tamales get Tex-Mex sides of salsa, sour cream and rice and beans.
5325 Franklin Ave., 284-3766
Less greasy than many others, a half dozen of Merlin's tamales paired with tasso and chicken jambalaya make a filling lunch.
2112 St. Claude Ave., 944-0088
Small, fiercely hot tamales are made by hand in the old Manuel's style and sold from the bar.
901 N. Carrollton Ave., no phone
Tamales are an unlikely spicy addition to the menu of snowballs and soft-serve ice cream at this busy corner spot.