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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

      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....


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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


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