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Tamales Mary recently opened a second location in Eastown. Photo by Bryan Esler
Charlsie Dewey
Managing Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine Courtesy Rachel Idzerda

You no longer have to drive to Wyoming for the best tamales in the area. Tamales Mary recently opened a second location in Eastown.

Mary Martinez and Humberto Alvarez, the wife-and-husband team behind Tamales Mary, recently completed renovations at 1551 Wealthy St. SE.

Tamales Mary offers — you guessed it — tamales! Choose from tamales wrapped in a corn leaf or a banana leaf, and filled with everything from chicken, beef and pork to sweet pineapple, sweet strawberry and bell pepper. The restaurant offers 18 different kinds of tamales in all.

Tamales Mary was forced to pivot due to the pandemic — having previously operated a food cart downtown during the warmer months. But a second location was something that Martinez and Alvarez had been eager to open.

The pair’s original restaurant is at 1253 Burton St. SW in Wyoming.

This story can be found in the February 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here

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