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Where to Find Tamales in Austin for the Holidays

Pork to barbecue to sweet to vegan

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Truth be told, tamales are really Texas’s best holiday dish. And Austin restaurants and food trucks are making it easier for those seeking the traditional food this season, either by keeping the corn husk-steamed item on the menu all year long or offering seasonal specials for pickups and deliveries.

Here are Austin’s best bets for tamales this December. There are classics from Tex-Mex restaurant Tamale House East to vegan options at Mr. Natural to brisket ones at barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. Many restaurants even offer preorders just for the month, including Lick It Up and Fresa’s.

For other seasonal needs, there are holiday takeout meal, holiday dessert preorders, and Hanukkah. Likewise, check out these holiday cocktail pop-ups offering takeout drinks and specials.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant/truck is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurant/truck themselves.

A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Huckleberry

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2340 W Braker Ln
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 900-5818
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The seafood truck is offering shrimp tamales for the holiday season. A dozen, paired with salsa verde, is $30. Place pickup orders online, with pickups on Sunday, December 13 and Sunday, December 20 from noon to 3 p.m. Host site Circle Brewing Co.’s taproom is open for on-site services.

The shrimp tamales from Huckleberry
The shrimp tamales from Huckleberry
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2. Stiles Switch BBQ

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6610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 380-9199
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Again, the Brentwood barbecue restaurant is offering its smoked brisket or pork tamales by the plate as part of its Days of Smoked Meats specials for the holidays. Alas the tamale plates, which come with Spanish rice, brisket pinto beans, and chile con queso, are only available on Sunday, December 13 and then again on Sunday, December 20. Items will be available for curbside pickups and dine-in service. The tamale specials are also available at Stiles’s Cedar Park location and sibling restaurant the Switch in Belterra Village.

The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
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3. La Cocina de Consuelo

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4516 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 524-4740
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The Rosedale Mexican restaurant’s offering beef tamales by the dozen for $18. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

4. Vamonos

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4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 474-2029
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The North Loop Tex-Mex restaurant’s holiday tamales come in pork, chicken, and black bean, available with red or green salsas. A dozen is $20. Place pickup orders online (under the starters category).

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Tamales from Vamonos
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5. Rosie's Tamale House

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13436 TX-71
Austin, TX 78738
(512) 263-5245
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It’s in the name: the Bee Cave Mexican restaurant is all about pork tamales, available by the half-dozen at $7.25 or full dozen at $11.95, or find tamales among the combination and dinner plates. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

6. Black's Barbecue Austin

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3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 524-0801
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The Austin location of the Lockhart barbecue restaurant is whipping up brisket tamales for the holidays. A dozen, made with brisket fat masa and chopped brisket, is $19.95. Place pickup orders online or over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

The brisket tamales from Black’s Barbecue Austin
The brisket tamales from Black’s Barbecue Austin
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7. Lick It Up

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2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705

The El Paso-based vegan Mexican truck is offering vegan tamales, with fillings such as the seitan steak with red chile, cheese with green chile, and soya turkey with mole. Orders com in the half-dozen for $12, or full dozen for $20. Orders can be placed online with pickups at the Fruth Street location from Monday through Wednesday, December 21 to 23. Host site Spider Cafe has reopened for patio dine-in service.

The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
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8. El Chilito

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2219 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 382-3797
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The fast-casual Tex-Mex mini-chain is offering frozen tamales for the holidays for pick-up orders from all of its locations. Filling options include black bean and cheese, pollo rojo (chicken in tomato and chile sauce), and puerco verde (pork in tomatillo sauce). An order of half-dozen tamales is $10. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. All locations have reopened with outdoor dine-in service.

Tamales from El Chilito
Tamales from El Chilito
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9. Mi Madre's Restaurant

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2201 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 322-9721
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The Cherrywood Tex-Mex restaurant’s making red sauce pork tamales for the holiday season, available in order of half- or full dozen at $12 and $22 respectively. Pickup orders can be placed online. The patio has reopened for dine-in service too.

10. Tamale Addiction

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Farmers market stalwart Tamale Addiction offers all sorts of tamales for the holiday season and beyond. The frozen tamales — ranging from meat to sweet to vegetarian to vegan — are available for pickups at its farmers market locations or its Manor, Texas kitchen, plus there are deliveries available.

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Tamales from Tamale Addiction
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11. La Condesa

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400 W 2nd St A
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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The upscale downtown Mexican restaurant has two tamale offerings on hand for the holidays. There’s the pork with a sweet potato puree and the vegan/gluten-free sweet potato, both available by-the-dozen for $24. Place pickup orders online

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Tamales from La Condesa
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12. Suerte

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1800 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 953-0092
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The East Austin Mexican restaurant is getting into the tamale game this season, available by the baker’s dozen. There are two options, the red pork and the mushroom and mole coloradito tamales at $36 and $34 respectively. Place pickup orders online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

13. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504

The tamale tradition lives on with legendary East Sixth Tex-Mex restaurant, where tamale plates are plentiful, available for pickup orders placed online. The restaurant is also making special holiday tamales, including pork, chicken, bean, cheese, and jalapeno, available for preorders placed over the phone at (512) 495-9504. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

14. Mr. Natural

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1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 477-5228
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For vegan tamales, hit up the vegan Tex-Mex restaurant, where the tamale plate comes with fillings like tofu, bean, vegetables, or the cheese and jalapeno. Pickup orders can be placed online for either of the two locations (the other on South Lamar).

Tamales from Mr. Natural
Tamales from Mr. Natural
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15. Taco Joint

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134 E Riverside Dr, Austin
TX, 78704
(512) 599-5144
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Both locations of the Mexican taco restaurant offer up the tamale vera cruzado, which is made with chicken. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone for either location (the other on San Jacinto at (512) 473-8223). Both locations have reopened for dine-in services.

16. Guero's Taco Bar

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1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 447-7688
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The South Congress Tex-Mex restaurant offers plentiful tamales on its regular menu, plus there are tamales available individually ($1.89), half-dozen ($9.39), or full dozen ($18.79) with fillings such as beef and pork, bean and cheese, or turkey. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s tamale plate
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17. Fresa's South First

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1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 992-2946
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Holiday tamales are back at the fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant. On deck are dozen tamales filled with either chicken tinga or black bean and cheese, available with just salsas for $22 and $20 respectively. Then there are meals with charro beans, Mexican rice, salsas, and queso or guacamole for $32 or $30. Orders can be placed online or over the phone at (512) 915-0362. Pickups are available from Tuesday through Thursday, December 22 to 24. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamales from Fresa’s
Tamales from Fresa’s
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18. Bouldin Creek Cafe

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1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-1601

The South Austin vegetarian restaurant puts together a tamale plate every Tuesday, made with locally sourced filling such as the previous sweet potato and pecans. Place pickup orders online.

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Tamales from Bouldin Creek Cafe
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19. Matt's El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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Find a whole bunch of pork tamales among the longtime South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant’s dinner meals and sides. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

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Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
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20. El Naranjo - South Lamar

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2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 520-5750
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The South lamar Mexican restaurant’s holiday tamale offerings include two filling options: the mole negro or the rajas. Each come in orders of six for $18 and $12 respectively. Online orders must be placed by Saturday, December 19, with pickups on Thursday, December 24 from noon to 3 p.m.

21. Curra's Grill

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614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0012
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Order the avocado margarita with the Tex-Mex restaurant’s tamales, or preorder a dozen for home. Fillings range from pork to beans to chicken mole to crab. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

22. Leroy And Lewis Barbecue

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121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 945-9882
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Among the new-school barbecue truck’s holiday preorders are a bunch of smoked meats tamales. There’s red chili barbacoa, green chili pork, turkey mole, and sweet corn, all available by the half-dozen at $26 or full dozen at $30. Place orders online, with pickups available on Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24. Host site Cosmic Coffee is open for patio dine-in services.

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1. Huckleberry

2340 W Braker Ln, Austin, TX 78758
The shrimp tamales from Huckleberry
The shrimp tamales from Huckleberry
Huckleberry [Official]

The seafood truck is offering shrimp tamales for the holiday season. A dozen, paired with salsa verde, is $30. Place pickup orders online, with pickups on Sunday, December 13 and Sunday, December 20 from noon to 3 p.m. Host site Circle Brewing Co.’s taproom is open for on-site services.

2340 W Braker Ln
Austin, TX 78758

2. Stiles Switch BBQ

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
Stiles Switch/Facebook

Again, the Brentwood barbecue restaurant is offering its smoked brisket or pork tamales by the plate as part of its Days of Smoked Meats specials for the holidays. Alas the tamale plates, which come with Spanish rice, brisket pinto beans, and chile con queso, are only available on Sunday, December 13 and then again on Sunday, December 20. Items will be available for curbside pickups and dine-in service. The tamale specials are also available at Stiles’s Cedar Park location and sibling restaurant the Switch in Belterra Village.

6610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

3. La Cocina de Consuelo

4516 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

The Rosedale Mexican restaurant’s offering beef tamales by the dozen for $18. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

4516 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

4. Vamonos

4807 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Tamales from Vamonos
Tamales from Vamonos
Vamonos/Facebook

The North Loop Tex-Mex restaurant’s holiday tamales come in pork, chicken, and black bean, available with red or green salsas. A dozen is $20. Place pickup orders online (under the starters category).

4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

5. Rosie's Tamale House

13436 TX-71, Austin, TX 78738

It’s in the name: the Bee Cave Mexican restaurant is all about pork tamales, available by the half-dozen at $7.25 or full dozen at $11.95, or find tamales among the combination and dinner plates. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

13436 TX-71
Austin, TX 78738

6. Black's Barbecue Austin

3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
The brisket tamales from Black’s Barbecue Austin
The brisket tamales from Black’s Barbecue Austin
Black’s Barbecue Austin/Facebook

The Austin location of the Lockhart barbecue restaurant is whipping up brisket tamales for the holidays. A dozen, made with brisket fat masa and chopped brisket, is $19.95. Place pickup orders online or over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

7. Lick It Up

2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705
The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
Lick It Up [Official

The El Paso-based vegan Mexican truck is offering vegan tamales, with fillings such as the seitan steak with red chile, cheese with green chile, and soya turkey with mole. Orders com in the half-dozen for $12, or full dozen for $20. Orders can be placed online with pickups at the Fruth Street location from Monday through Wednesday, December 21 to 23. Host site Spider Cafe has reopened for patio dine-in service.

2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705

8. El Chilito

2219 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Tamales from El Chilito
Tamales from El Chilito
El Chilito/Facebook

The fast-casual Tex-Mex mini-chain is offering frozen tamales for the holidays for pick-up orders from all of its locations. Filling options include black bean and cheese, pollo rojo (chicken in tomato and chile sauce), and puerco verde (pork in tomatillo sauce). An order of half-dozen tamales is $10. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. All locations have reopened with outdoor dine-in service.

2219 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

9. Mi Madre's Restaurant

2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

The Cherrywood Tex-Mex restaurant’s making red sauce pork tamales for the holiday season, available in order of half- or full dozen at $12 and $22 respectively. Pickup orders can be placed online. The patio has reopened for dine-in service too.

2201 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

10. Tamale Addiction

Austin, TX
Tamales from Tamale Addiction
Tamales from Tamale Addiction
Tamale Addiction/Facebook

Farmers market stalwart Tamale Addiction offers all sorts of tamales for the holiday season and beyond. The frozen tamales — ranging from meat to sweet to vegetarian to vegan — are available for pickups at its farmers market locations or its Manor, Texas kitchen, plus there are deliveries available.

11. La Condesa

400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701
Tamales from La Condesa
Tamales from La Condesa
La Condesa/Facebook

The upscale downtown Mexican restaurant has two tamale offerings on hand for the holidays. There’s the pork with a sweet potato puree and the vegan/gluten-free sweet potato, both available by-the-dozen for $24. Place pickup orders online

400 W 2nd St A
Austin, TX 78701

12. Suerte

1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin Mexican restaurant is getting into the tamale game this season, available by the baker’s dozen. There are two options, the red pork and the mushroom and mole coloradito tamales at $36 and $34 respectively. Place pickup orders online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

1800 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The tamale tradition lives on with legendary East Sixth Tex-Mex restaurant, where tamale plates are plentiful, available for pickup orders placed online. The restaurant is also making special holiday tamales, including pork, chicken, bean, cheese, and jalapeno, available for preorders placed over the phone at (512) 495-9504. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Mr. Natural

1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Tamales from Mr. Natural
Tamales from Mr. Natural
Mr. Natural/Facebook

For vegan tamales, hit up the vegan Tex-Mex restaurant, where the tamale plate comes with fillings like tofu, bean, vegetables, or the cheese and jalapeno. Pickup orders can be placed online for either of the two locations (the other on South Lamar).

1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Taco Joint

134 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX, 78704

Both locations of the Mexican taco restaurant offer up the tamale vera cruzado, which is made with chicken. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone for either location (the other on San Jacinto at (512) 473-8223). Both locations have reopened for dine-in services.

134 E Riverside Dr, Austin
TX, 78704

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16. Guero's Taco Bar

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s/Facebook

The South Congress Tex-Mex restaurant offers plentiful tamales on its regular menu, plus there are tamales available individually ($1.89), half-dozen ($9.39), or full dozen ($18.79) with fillings such as beef and pork, bean and cheese, or turkey. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

17. Fresa's South First

1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Tamales from Fresa’s
Tamales from Fresa’s
Fresa’s [Official]

Holiday tamales are back at the fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant. On deck are dozen tamales filled with either chicken tinga or black bean and cheese, available with just salsas for $22 and $20 respectively. Then there are meals with charro beans, Mexican rice, salsas, and queso or guacamole for $32 or $30. Orders can be placed online or over the phone at (512) 915-0362. Pickups are available from Tuesday through Thursday, December 22 to 24. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

18. Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Tamales from Bouldin Creek Cafe
Tamales from Bouldin Creek Cafe
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The South Austin vegetarian restaurant puts together a tamale plate every Tuesday, made with locally sourced filling such as the previous sweet potato and pecans. Place pickup orders online.

1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

19. Matt's El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
Matt’s El Rancho/Facebook

Find a whole bunch of pork tamales among the longtime South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant’s dinner meals and sides. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

20. El Naranjo - South Lamar

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, Austin, TX 78704

The South lamar Mexican restaurant’s holiday tamale offerings include two filling options: the mole negro or the rajas. Each come in orders of six for $18 and $12 respectively. Online orders must be placed by Saturday, December 19, with pickups on Thursday, December 24 from noon to 3 p.m.

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085
Austin, TX 78704

21. Curra's Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Order the avocado margarita with the Tex-Mex restaurant’s tamales, or preorder a dozen for home. Fillings range from pork to beans to chicken mole to crab. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

22. Leroy And Lewis Barbecue

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Among the new-school barbecue truck’s holiday preorders are a bunch of smoked meats tamales. There’s red chili barbacoa, green chili pork, turkey mole, and sweet corn, all available by the half-dozen at $26 or full dozen at $30. Place orders online, with pickups available on Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24. Host site Cosmic Coffee is open for patio dine-in services.

121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704

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