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July 12, 2017

HMSHost Brings Local Favorite Tamale Boy to Portland International Airport

Beloved restaurant joins the dining lineup for Portland travelers

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Tamale Boy at Portland International Airport’s D Concourse. 

PORTLAND, OR — Tamale Boy is not only a local staple in the Portland dining scene, but has become a popular destination for visiting food lovers as well. Now, global restaurateur HMSHost and Jaime Soltero Jr. have brought one of Portlanders favorite food trucks turned restaurants to Portland International Airport’s D Concourse with the opening of Tamale Boy.

“HMSHost brings travelers the most sought after dining choices in the industry that represent the region’s leading chefs and flavors. We are thrilled to introduce Tamale Boy’s delicious cuisine to the thousands of local and tourist travelers that go through Portland International Airport each day,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Amy Dunne. “We’re thankful for a great partnership with Tamale Boy founder Jaime Soltero Jr. and the Port of Portland on making this opening a success.”

Tamales are the star of the menu with not only their mouthwatering flavors, but their convenient portability that is ideal for travelers on the move. Tamale Boy makes its tamales from a recipe and technique that has been passed down in their family for years. They use local, sustainable and organic ingredients wherever possible. Whether you are a meat lover or vegan, Tamale Boy has you covered. Choose from a variety of Norteño (cornhusk wrapped) tamales with fillings from chile verde to vegetarian and gluten-friendly.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with HMSHost by adding another home-grown Portland brand with exciting new flavors to the expanding concessions assortment at PDX,” said Shane Andreasen, Port of Portland senior manager, concessions development. “Tamale Boy is a wonderful example of our region’s celebrated culinary community and furthers the sense of place that PDX guests continue to enjoy.”

In addition to the signature tamales, Tamale Boy creates its own twist on traditional Mexican street food flavors bringing travelers a selection of burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads. Refreshers include a variety of housemade aguas frescas, domestic, imported, and Mexican beers.

Morning travelers will delight in authentic breakfast options including chilaquiles, a dish consisting of crispy tortillas sautéed with salsa roja or green tomatillo sauce served with over easy eggs, pickled onions, and crema. A dedicated grab-and-go section is available for travelers in a hurry. 

“Our Tamale Boy airport restaurant has a similar appeal and blend of our other two Portland locations. We are thrilled to be part of the great restaurant lineup at PDX and are looking forward to introducing out of town travelers to Tamale Boy. We feel our restaurant is an ideal stop for travelers looking for a place to grab one of our Tamale Boy favorites, or try new menu items,” Soltero Jr. said.

While dining on Tamale Boy food and drinks, travelers can relax in a dedicated seating area with windows that overlook the tarmac. The restaurant’s welcoming environment mirrors that of Tamale Boy’s NE Portland location with pendant lighting, wood wall paneling, and Tamale Boy’s turquoise color palette. A vibrant pink and aqua colored mural adds further familiarity to those who have dined at the NE Portland location before.

Tamale Boy is frequently named among the best places to dine in Portland. Already a hometown favorite from operating out of a truck for years, Tamale Boy became further embedded into the vivid Portland food scene, opening its first brick-and-mortar location in 2014 and a second location in 2016. 

Tamale Boy joins other HMSHost-operated food and beverage locations at Portland International Airport including Rogue Ales Pub, Rose’s Deli, and Starbucks® coffee. A full list of HMSHost locations at Portland International Airport is available on the HMSHost location finder map.  

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2017 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the tenth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the eighth year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Dale Jr.’s Whisky River at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining. HMSHost infuses innovation and culinary expertise into everything we do; with events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month at more than 50 airports across North America, the award-winning Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and 99 travel plazas in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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