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Sep 28, 2006 05:59 PM

Tamales in San Fernando Valley

Seeking recommendations for Tamales in this area from Burbank to West Valley, including the San Fernando area. Tamlaes you could order by the dozen or more. Both sweet & savory, meat filled, you folks know what I mean.

Not including Carillo's in Reseda. Have had their tamales and to me they're just "ehh". Have had better. I just don't want to drive all the way to ELA when "Tamale Season" starts. Looking forward to replies.

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  1. There is a booth at the weekly Northridge farmer's market that sells all kinds of tamales, both sweet & savory. Their place is in San Fernando I think, sorry I can't remember the name. Maybe someone else can help out.

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    1. re: markn

      These are good. We like the Pork tamales and the shredded beef, as well as the sweet corn ones. You can get them steamed to eat immediately, or bring cold ones home for later. Sometimes they have frozen ones that you can pop in your freezer too.

    2. Haven't had them so can't vouch for the taste, but El Gallo Giro on Van Nuys Blvd. around Saticoy has both sweet and savory and I also think they sell masa preparada (probably seasonally) if you want to make them yourself.

      1. The Thousand Oaks Mall Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons. also has the same tamale booth. I too have forgotten their name but they are out of San Fernando. You can purchase steamed tamales or unsteamed to take home. I highly recommend the pork.

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        1. re: nancyc4fun

          Is it Flying Tamale? I know they have a store across from Whole Foods on Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

          In googling "tamales - San Fernando, CA" I came up with: Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales, The Gourmet Tamales Factory, Graciana Tamale Factory, and Carillos. Is it any of these?

        2. This supermarket chain is sprinkled all over the Valley and serves tamales in their prepared food 'taqueria.' I haven't tried the tamales, but can vouch for their fresh tortillas and prepared carnitas meat (both are excellent).

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          1. re: ozzygee

            Vallarta is "hit & miss" with thier quality, varies from store to store.

          2. Both the Studio City and Van Nuys Farmers mkt on Sundays have Tamale stands. The Studio City mkt, on Laurel Cyn & Ventura Pl. is always well populated. I have never had one, so I can't give them an up or down, but others who I have spoken to like it a lot

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            1. re: pizzafreak

              If it's the same stand as the Burbank Farmers Market (8:00 - 12:30 Saturday in City Hall parking lot) it is Me Gusta Tamales, aka The Gourmet Tamale Factory. They're fairly good with a good varitey. They are family owned and out of San Fernando (Maclay and First Street).

              That being said I prefer Carrillos in San Fernando. Always very fresh and light with a good ratio of Masa to filling. Yummy! Thier George Lopez Special burrito with Carnitas is wonderful and HUGE!