County Road 11: Mississippi Delta Tamales

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- But did you know that the Mississippi Delta is well-known for serving up some of the best tamales in all the land? We feature one local business on County Road 11.

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After retiring from 32 years of driving a tour bus, Lou "Cowboy" Woodfork was looking for something to do in his spare time. He started selling tamales out of a bag to just one customer in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.

From there, Cowboy's business grew to vending trailers and campers and appearances in Meridian at Earth's Bounty. A few months ago, he found someone in Meridian with a perfect building and location for his business and he's been dishing up his specialty ever since.

"We didn't change anything about it. It's the old-fashioned flavor and everything and that's what everybody is looking for," said Woodfork. "We've got that old-fashioned tamale. It will take you back 30 years when you taste it."

In his spare time, Cowboy still plays drums and a little guitar in a blues band. He says he comes by it naturally as he hails from the same hometown of Mississippi blues legend B.B. King--someone he's even shared the stage with a few times.

"I play my blues and play a little rock," said Woodfork. "Whatever I feel that day, that's what I do, because I get a chance to play it at least twice a day, so that's what I do."

"They're the old-fashioned Mississippi Delta tamales. The type that grandma and them used to make and everything," said Woodfork. "Don't nobody make them like that anymore."

"It smells so good man I can't wait to get my teeth in these things," said a customer. "I'll eat the whole thing by myself really."

Lou Cowboy Woodfork and his Mississippi Delta Tamales. Bringing the great taste and soothing sound straight from the Delta to Meridian.

Mississippi Delta Tamales is located at 2206 Old Highway 45 North in Meridian.

You can call them at (662) 616-0279 Or email