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Jolly Tamale

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803 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703-2114
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Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Stopped here for lunch while visiting Springfield. It was close to hotel but that is about the best thing I could say about it. The food was mediocre at best. Seemed to be a good place for locals though. Not worth the stop.

Thank Pjbo1
Springfield, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Have NEVER been treated so badly by someone who's job is customer service. The woman was not only rude, unprofessional, nasty and disrespectful she was just down right mean. She informed my arthritic 65 year old cousin in a voice between a yell and a growl in no uncertain terms " if you want anything else you go up to... More 

Thank 23angelren
Springfield, Illinois
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

The lunch special is the best deal in Springfield. You get two sanchos and a medium drink for $5.99. They have it ready for you before you can get the money out of your wallet.

Thank C J S
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2014

I was traveling through beautiful Springfield this past summer with my friend on a visit from Mexico. He loved it! Although Sergio claimed it wasn't exactly what he eats back home, we were delighted by the spices, the atmosphere, the culinary delights! "Viva el Jolly Tamale," he yelled!

2 Thank NateDiggityDogg
Springfield, Illinois
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

I very rarely get Taco Bell because of Jolly Tamale. It's so good that there are times I get cravings for it. It's nothing fancy. I always get the taco dinner. One of the things I love, even though it's a petty thing, is that they serve their drinks in styrofoam cups with crushed ice. It just makes soda taste... More 

Thank K S
Springfield, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

I have taken my kids here as a special treat since they were very little and I was very poor. Now we come back whenever we can, we have spread our obsession to many others over the years. My daughter now lives out of town, but insists on eating here everytime she comes home. Our family favorite is Sanchos. I... More 

Thank Bonnie L
mtzion ill
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91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

my husband and I love to eat here they have yummy fast food its just a restaurant you order at the counter or drive-up and your food is ready quick so you really dont have to deal with the people there. It is very tasty and quick just dont pay attention to the people that work there

Thank redlips24065
Divernon, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

I went to the drive through to order a quick lunch. Apparently, they can't take debit cards if you go to the drive through? They made me get out in the rain to pay for my food that I ordered in the drive-through.

1 Thank Kim G
Safety Harbor Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

clean decent food lots of staff behind the counter

Thank Owen L
Rochester, Illinois
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

I used to like this place for fast sort of Mexican food, but it changed ownership. After getting really bad service with a bad attitude at the drive up 3 times in a row, I refuse to go there ever again. The food is not as good either.

1 Thank Carol B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast Food
Restaurant features
Delivery, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 803 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703-2114
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: 217-523-2345

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