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In his quest to perfect the art of tamale-making, Marco Martinez has tasted everything from store-bought frozen versions to handmade ones in restaurants across the city. Here’s where he picks up his favorites (aside from his own kitchen)—all within a half mile of each other on Buford Highway.
Two months after Marco, Luis and Lucero Martinez-Obregon opened Zocalo, the trailblazing Mexican restaurant, in the summer of 1995, their landlord approached them. Would the siblings consider purchasing the property at the corner of 10th and Piedmont, including two other restaurant buildings, some shops, and the corner parking lot? The asking price: $600,000.