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Five places for New Orleans-Style Hot Tamales 

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.

Merlin's Place

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.

Melvin's Bar

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.

Pandora's Snowballs

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.

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