Mary's Hot Tamales | Tennessee Vacation

Mary's Hot Tamales

1931 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 00000

This Deltastyle dish was formed in the flood plains of Mississippi and is wrapped in the history of slavery. Owner Clara Robinson can remember as a little girl the thrill she had, along with sister Mary, buying hot tamales from Mississippi street vendor Charlie Green. Green, who later became a Knoxville educator but continued selling tamales, convinced Mary and Clara to move to Knoxville. When Green became ill, he persuaded the ladies to open a tamale business and taught them his grandfather's recipe, which dates back to slavery years. Mary is now deceased, but Clara still runs the 20-plus-year-old restaurant. You'll miss some true Knoxville culture if you don't stop by and see her.

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