Like Adam, Eve, and hastily constructed booby traps, tamales are usually concealed behind leafy shields. Unwrap a foliage-draped delight with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a five-meal punch card to Tamale Hut Café in North Riverside.
Tamale Hut's owner, Jaime Flores, has been schooled in the delicate art of tamale construction by his uncle Tony and aunt Emma, ensuring an authentic experience for cornmeal connoisseurs. With each use of their punch cards, customers may choose one tamale from the menu, whose creations are bedecked with tasty fillings such as a hearty bean stuffing made with pintos and fresh green salsa, and a piquant crab-meat stuffing with jalapeño and red salsa. Sugar-seekers can also opt for a cordial dessert of pineapple or blueberry via Tamale Hut Café's sweet tamales, which are served without a drop of salsa or hint of sarcasm. Punch card feasts pair each maize-laden morsel with a side of chips, a can of pop or bottle of water, and a choice of side item: corn, rice, chili, or tinga—shredded chicken draped with chipotle sauce, topped with sour cream and cotija cheese, and served upon a crispy continental shelf of tortilla chips.
Tamale Hut Café complements the spirited savories with a vibrant décor alive with cheerful colors and bright lighting. Café-style seating allows diners to gather around their enticing edibles and regale each other with the tamale-related folklore from which most of today’s Hollywood movies are derived.
8300 W Cermak Rd.
North Riverside, Illinois 60546Get Directions