Don’t let the name fool you—there’s a lot more than tamales at Jaime Soltero’s six-month-old restaurant. From tableside molcajete de guacamole service to ceviche and tacos, there's plenty of variety at the Woodlawn neighborhood eatery to fill your table with affordable, colorful plates starting at just $3.50.
The history behind the restaurant is a familiar one. The much-loved Tamale Boy food cart was named Yelp’s “Best Dish of the Year” in 2012, and grew into a brick-and-mortar space in early 2014. One of the best benefits of the chef's new permanent space? The new, larger kitchen has allowed Soltero to flex his culinary chops with a fully gluten-free menu of Mexican favorites.
As for the space itself, we're fans—especially this time of year. While there’s plenty of seating inside, we’re all about dining al fresco on Soltero’s thoughtfully designed patio, the perfect spot to post up with friends year-round—enjoy the sun now, and gather round one of the fire pits once the weather cools.
Click through to the slide show above for an in-depth look at Tamale Boy's flavorful menu, and stop in soon to get a taste for yourself—and don't forget a drink (we'd recommend the Honeydew Melon Mint Margarita with Olmeca Altos Tequila blanco, honeydew melon puree, mint, and lime juice).
1764 NE Dekum St
Tues-Fri 11 am to 9 pm; Sat 10 am to 10 pm; Sun 10 am to 7 pm