Delta Blues Hot Tamales moving to Pelham

Published 1:02 pm Thursday, June 11, 2020

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By NATHAN HOWELL | Special to the Reporter

PELHAM – Delta Blues Hot Tamales, a celiac and allergen friendly Cajun and creole restaurant, will be relocating from Birmingham to Pelham in early July.

The restaurant is owned by husband and wife team Adam and Fawn Freis, and was started as a way to not only provide a unique Mississippi spin on tamales, but to also create a space that is friendly to those with certain dietary restrictions.

“We are not a typical hispanic tamales place,” Fawn Freis explained. “We are from Jackson, Mississippi. This is a style that is found all through the delta, called red hots. We also have Louisiana style food.”

Some items from their menu include smoked wings with a variety of sauces, sausage dishes, a variety of tacos, a wide variety of Cajun dishes including crawfish etouffee and catfish, and of course a wide variety of tamales.

The pork tamales can be ordered by a half dozen, one dozen or as a plate, which comes classic with tamale sauce or smothered with different toppings including queso, chili, red beans and andouille sausage, wing sauce, barbecue sauce or crawfish etouffee.

About 10 years ago Freis was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led her to want to create a place where she and other people like her could really enjoy this type of food.

“We are allergen friendly, we don’t have peanuts or tree nuts in our facility, we also accommodate dairy and soy allergy, and we are vegetarian and vegan friendly,” Freis said. “People come in and tell us all the time that they can’t eat anywhere else because of their allergies.”

If everything goes as planned their goal is to open July 7 in their new location at 3569 Pelham Parkway. Previously the business was located in downtown Birmingham at 1318 Cobb Ln.

More information about the Delta Blues can be found by visiting their website at