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sugah Jun 26, 2006 10:31 PM

where can i get some good ones for a party this friday?

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    LA_Foodie RE: sugah Jun 26, 2006 10:42 PM

    Great cheese tamales at El Coyote or El Cholo

    1. Pamela RE: sugah Jun 26, 2006 10:53 PM

      Consider not restricting yourself to the westside. Mama's Hot Tamales (MacArthur Park) has tamales from all (or at least most) of the Central American countries. They have all possible varieties--from meat-filled ones, to vegetarian, to fruit-filled ones. The tamales are very inexpensive (maybe $1.50 - $2.00 per tamale), and they are excellent. You can pick up, eat in, or have the tamales catered.

      Mama's Hot Tamales
      2124 West 7th Street
      Los Angeles, CA 90057
      213-487-7474

      1. Dommy RE: sugah Jun 26, 2006 10:55 PM

        On the westside, the standard corn husk ones I like are from Gallego's Tamales... they even have cocktail Tamales. I have yet to find a banana leaf tamale that even holds a candle to the ones at La Flor de Yucatan on Hoover near the Staples Center....

        --Dommy!

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          WileysHungryAgain RE: sugah Jun 27, 2006 02:55 AM

          Tamara's Tamales
          Various Type
          Old school and some new school

          Washington Bl in Culver/MDR/Venice Kitty Corner to Costco

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            Mattapoisett in LA RE: WileysHungryAgain Jun 27, 2006 04:50 AM

            I would caution against Tamara's. I would describe it as the Bristol Farms of Tamale Makers. She charges up to $6 a Tamal and most will run you about $4. On the plus side, they have lots of choices and when they are fresh they are good. But initally I was put off when they first opened going late in the afternoon having tamales which were rubbery since they were reheated in the microwave and not steamed. But I have been back recently and had steamed ones fo lunch,which were very good.

            Take Care

            -P.

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