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The Tamale Place

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
As featured in One Day in Indianapolis
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5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sherman, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On our way from Illinois to Ohio we made a detour off our route to find this delious resturant. I had seen it on the Food channel show Diners,Drive Inns and Dives. It did not disappoint me! The staff was very friendly and helpful also. As my grandson said "It is great". We plan to stop on the way back... More 

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Verona, Kentucky
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of choices of BIG tamales. Check out the monitor for current availability. I had chosen what I wanted and it wasn't available. One vegetarian tamale and a side of 1/2 black beans 1/2 rice was more than enough food. My friend got some chips and salsa and the thick homemade salsa was to die for. Totally wish we had... More 

Thank ricefamily5
New York
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate a late lunch here after flying from New York to Indianapolis in the morning. We were there after the lunch rush; they had sold out of some of the tamales, but there was a board listing which tamales were still available. The tamale I originally wanted was no longer available, but it was comforting to know that the... More 

Thank macatw
Indianapolis, Indiana
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100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place serves some of the best tamales I have ever found. They offer several varieties and keep updating the board to show how many of each is still available. It is often very busy with a line almost to the door (about 15 to 20 people), but it moves along pretty fast. My favorite is the spicy pork tamale... More 

Thank danielt2011
Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always quick and efficient and they've NEVER gotten an order wrong.Every single tamale I've ever had there has been wonderful; the fillings are richly flavored and plentiful, and the masa is tender, seasoned well, and generously portioned. Nothing skimpy at The Tamale Place. My favorite thing here isn't even the tamales, though. The chorizo and egg tacos with cheese make... More 

Thank Stacey E
Jefferson City, Missouri
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102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best DDD place we have gone to so far. The tamales are big and big on flavor. The place was packed. Everything was great, really loved the pork taco. We wish the tamale place was near our home. Indy you are one lucky city.

Thank TwoforDinner
earlville, ny
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172 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wow what a treat! found this searching for a DDD place while traveling through. so glad we stopped. do not be put off by location in a small strip mall. this is authentic food. great vibe inside, spanking clean, friendly staff. we had tamales, savory and sweet. mmmm!! only negative too much waste, with throwaway containers

Thank upstatelp
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

But holy smokes I am glad I did! This is hands down the best taco place I have been to. I am super picky when it comes to my tacos and they were accommodating. This was a very pleasant surprise. A shame only in Indianapolis...if it came to Oklahoma City it would be my spot for sure. We could've ordered... More 

Thank Sehwk1
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love love love the pork in red sauce wrapped in a banana leaf... I can't even eat any other tamales now. I'm a total tamale snob lol. U gotta try this authentic Mexican food!

Thank Romenlaura
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I first tried this place 3 years ago after it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I'm from Central Cali so I'm particular when it comes to Mexican food. The Tamale Place is delicious but is not "authentic" to me. Make sure you come in at the right time. Either the small dining room will be packed (that's a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: (317)248-9771

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?