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Tamale King Mexican Restaurant and Cantina for the best and freshest tamales and Mexican food in the Highland Lakes

The Tamale King is an explosion of fresh, hand-made tamale goodness that has been ranked among the best Mexican food restaurants in the Highland Lakes since 1993. That's when Tim and Gina Chittim began selling tamales in the bars at night.

From there, they sold their homemade tamales from the back of a minivan and, since 2002, have made Mexican Food and tamales fresh daily from their restaurant at 15405 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam. The 7,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant features a full cantina with 16 different brands of tequila and, just as impressive, an array of domestic and imported beers.

It's New Mexican cuisine with Tex-Mex undertones, say the proud owners, adding that the Tamale King Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is "home of the best dam tamales" around. (That's dam, as in Buchanan Dam!)

Dedicated customers, who come back often, say they love the food and the atmosphere. "It's a great hangout for the entire family," said one fan from Marble Falls.

And while you will enjoy the unique decor, you can also get tamales to go for wherever your next destination may be (a lakeside park, picnic on a boat, romantic dinner at home).

Popular menu items include:

• Cole's Carne Queso Flameado — chorizo sausage in melted Monterrey Jack cheese with chopped onions and cilantro
• El Grande Nachos — crispy nachos topped with refried beans and cheese, served with guacamole, jalapeños (on the side), lettuce, tomatoes and your choice of beef or chicken fajita meat
• TK Tamale Feast — 3 beef or pork tamales topped with chili carne, red or green sauce and grated cheese, served with guacamole salad
• Make Your Own Plate — any three combinations of tamale, chalupa, taco, enchilada or flauta, topped with a sauce of your choice, served with cheese melted on top and guacamole salad

There's much more on the Tamale King's extensive — and delicious — menu, which is why customers keep coming back for more of the best Mexican food in the Highland Lakes The variety and freshness of this Highland Lakes restaurant combine to keep customers happy.

There's also a Just for Kids menu to suit the little ones with tamales, tacos and baby burritos.

Visit the Tamale King Mexican Restaurant and Cantina at 15405 Texas 29 East in Buchanan Dam. Call (512) 793-2677 to find out more about the best — and freshest — Mexican food in Buchanan Dam, Burnet, Llano, Marble Falls, and the rest of the Highland Lakes.

See What Our Customers Are Saying

Great food, great people and hell I even found my wife there!! Something funny about it, but all beit a great place to eat! LOL
-Joshua Yount

No matter where you live in the Texas Hill Country, or in the state of Texas, for that matter, Tamale King is well worth the drive for a great meal and great atmosphere at a reasonable price!
-Charles Nutter

Awesome Restaurant.... " The Best “ -Arturo Solis

Great margaritas and delicious Mexican food:)
-Linda Nunn

Still the best tamales ever!!!
-Christine Ellis

The food is always good! Thank you!
-Kimberly Martinez Willett

Thanks to Tamale King for providing location for our girl's birthday! These folks are awesome!!!
-Tara Gowens

Look for the big neon sign with the king's crown. 512-793-2677

15405 E. Hwy 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78611