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The Tamale Place

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Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
As featured in One Day in Indianapolis
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5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
+1 317-248-9771
06:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 21:00
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North Mankato, Minnesota
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The service was awesome. They explained the menu and made recommendations. The hot and spicy tamale was very tasty! Great place to eat at.

Thank bradries
Indianapolis, Indiana
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

They have a wide selection of Tamales that are made at the beginning of each day and have a board containing a count down on how many of each kind are left. There are also great tacos, and tortas (mexican sandwiches). The tacos are a little heavy handed on the cheese so if you're not a huge fan of a... More 

Thank ElliePaige12
Rogers, Arkansas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a surprise! Traveling thru and found this near the top of the list for Indy. I'm a bit of a tamale snob, being from a Hispanic family where Grandmas tamales are the Best...but, I have to say these were right up there. Great selection, but get there early, as they only make so many a day. I had the... More 

Thank CMPosse
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

you have to stop and eat here, the food is outstanding. if you don't like tamales they have other offerings as well that are just as good. this is a bucket list place to eat!!!!

Thank Matt S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From Chicago and I consider myself a taco connoisseur. We were in town on business and was in the mood for tacos, and looked up local recommendations. Did not expect much, after all with Chicago having hundreds of taco joints we are known for great food. Boy was I wrong, this place knocked me out! The tamales were of course... More 

Thank natgirrl
Zionsville, Indiana
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok. I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food....However, because it looked like a hole in the wall place to eat, we were willing to give it a shot. This place was amazing! It really is fantastic food, fresh and prepared quickly! The food was fresh, authentic and the temperature was perfect!!! I tried the Tamale and the spicy chicken... More 

Thank GoButler99
New York City, New York
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73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My friend and I ate here a week ago, while in Indy. We both loved it. The atmosphere is nice, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the food was fresh and well prepared and very very tasty. We had 3 different types of tamales, all were good, (one was a desert tamale) The salsa and chips were also... More 

Thank rob788
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Best food for the best price. Love, love, love their tamales, my fav!!!!! Great people, always friendly!!! 🐯

Thank Marianne R
Plainfield, Indiana, United States
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is my daughter's favorite place to get tamales. Authentic tamales. Also sell tacos and nachos. Variety of sauces available. Husband had a tamale combo with the green sauce. I had a pork taco combo, both very good. My taco was very meaty. Chips, salsa, drink and either back beans or Spanish rice included. We received more than we could... More 

Thank Beverly L
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

real mexican food tastes like this. look no further and throw away your pretensions. in a city with few dining options this magical spot arises from the mire. I do not wax poetic but we have very few good restaurants in indianapolis. But tamale place is a shrine

Thank Jose M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5242 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224-9110
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-248-9771

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