Mami's Mexican Grill - The Best Tamales in Eugene, Oregon

Mami's Mexican Grill, Eugene, Oregon

A sign on West 11th Avenue in west Eugene, Oregon proudly claims that this Mexican restaurant has the best tamales in town.  Those are bold words for a recently opened business in a city with many Mexican restaurants and Plaza Latina, an international grocery store that makes its own tortillas, tortilla chips, and serves authentic Mexican lunches and dinners at the front of the store.

I was born and raised in Phoenix and Tempe in Arizona.  I've tasted a lot of tamales made by a lot of different people and businesses over many years.

Our neighbors were of Mexican heritage and would bring us homemade tamales every Christmas.  Every December we'd order several dozen tamales from a family-owned grocery store in nearby Guadalupe to consume at home after attending Christmas-eve services.

Tamales are typically eaten at special festivals and can be traced back to the ancient Mayan culture.  They have a rich tradition in the American Southwestern culture of old.

Mami's Mexican Grill, Eugene, OregonCould Mami's Mexican Grill measure up to my high expectations when it comes to tamales?  The answer is an unqualified "YES"!  The pork, chicken, and dessert tamales have the consistency and taste that I remember from my youth.

The reviews on Yelp tend to agree - Mami's not only has great tamales, but also fresh and delicious Mexican meals.

A paragraph at the bottom of their menu board explains the philosophy behind this family-owned business:

Mami's Mexican Grill Menu BoardWhat makes us different here at Mami's than any other joint, is that we promise our customers real, fresh Mexican food.  That's all we serve.  Nothing will ever sit overnight and be served in the morning.

From the streets of Mexico, to a little joint on West 11th, we will always treat our customers with respect and great service.  Not because we have to, but because we want to.

We want all of you to taste and be satisfied with the best of real Mexican food.  That's all my Mom ever wanted in Eugene.  Finally, it has happened!

Does Mami's serve the best tamales in Eugene?  You'll have to decide for yourself.  Rita (aka Mami) Gonzalez, her two sons Oscar and Jose Carlos, her daughter Jessica, and Jose Carlos' fiancee Makenna are ready to take your order.

Mami's Mexican Grill Interior

Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comment balloon 5 commentsRetired from ActiveRain • January 03 2015 03:03PM


This looks like a very good recommendation!

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

Rick, nice shout out for Eugene's Best Tamales!  I like Tamales and have eaten them many times although not as much since living in Florida.  I've never heard of dessert tamales though!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 5 years ago

Hi Rick,

It looks like a great place to check out. Thank you for all the insite on this new restaraunt!

Jan Sohlman


Posted by Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 5 years ago


The Mimi's Mexican Grill in Eugene Oregon . . . . is a great Mexican food experience.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 5 years ago

Rick, joining the tamale party blog a bit late, but after decades of living all over the Southwest, including Tempe and Tucson, Mami's has good tamales and great food. Plus, the family service is wonderful. We always feel at home. A nice addition to Eugene, my current home.

Posted by Elizabeth R. Elstien, Realtor turned real estate writer & educator (Self Employed at Elizabeth R. Elstien: Write, Research, Edit, Sell, Educate) over 3 years ago