Gainesville’s first tamale shop opens on South Main Street

TAMAL is a dine-in/take-out establishment, specializing in hand-rolled, delicately steamed meat, vegetarian and vegan tamales. Other offerings include beans, greens, pickled peppers, and signature agua fresca beverages – horchata, tamarindo, and jamaica – all made in-house from scratch.

We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you. “We” are the Iannelli family, long time residents of Gainesville who share a passion for handmade tamales.

Rachel is the head cook at TAMAL. She has nearly three decades restaurant experience, and is fortunate to have been mentored by many innovative cooks and restaurateurs both in and out of Gainesville.

Nicholas is a carpenter and craftsman by trade, who has been doing business in the Gainesville area for over 14 years.

Our son Cecil, an Eastside High School Culinary student, is TAMAL’s part-time prep cook. We are pleased to be putting our wide range of experience to good use in service of a hungry community.

TAMAL is conveniently located at 439 S. Main St., only two blocks north of the new Depot Park complex, in the heart of Gainesville’s burgeoning South Main Arts District.

We respect and admire the deep histories attached to South Main Street and are proud to be making a positive contribution to its diverse economic legacy. We invite you to stop by with comrades for a workday lunch, or grab a dozen tamales to-go for a picnic on the Hawthorn Trail!

At TAMAL we aim to provide unique and healthy menu items at reasonable prices. Locally sourced meat, produce and eggs are used whenever possible and our aquas frescas are sweetened only with turbinado sugar.

TAMAL will be open 11 am – 8 pm Wednesday through Sunday. (During our first month of operation, hours and menu items are subject to change, please check our facebook page for updates).  D

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