Tony’s Tamales (228 E. Capitol St, Jackson) is a downtown lunch spot that I don’t go to nearly enough — for a long time I thought it was closed (I’m not sure if it was) and I rarely think to eat tamales for lunch. But I recently heard that they have good burgers, which reminded me to go.
The burger was surprisingly hefty for $4, and was savory and well seasoned. It was well done, so not exactly juicy, but was flavorful anyway — a perfectly good example of the thin-patty variety of burger. The bun was buttery and soft.
I did not need more food after my burger, but I felt obligated to try a tamale since it’s in the name. We chose the hottest tamales (they sell them by the half-dozen, for $6), and they were nice and spicy. My friend thought they didn’t taste quite enough like corn, and I agreed that they were good but not mind-blowing. My usual disclaimer applies: I am far from a tamale expert, having had my first Mississippi tamale just a few months ago. But I will definitely be eating the Tony’s burger often.
Tony’s downtown location is open 11-3:30 M-F, and they have a second location at 230 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, which is open 10-9:30 Mon -Thurs and 11-11 Friday and Saturday. Give them a call at (601) 927-7823.