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Tamales for Christmas??

So, the family is all meeting up in Los Angeles and we want to celebrate like our ancestors and do Mexican--tamales specifically. We're not going to prepare them but order ahead.

After reading the LA board it appears that there the following are

Mama's Hot Tamales - 2124 W Seventh St, LA
LA Indiana's - 1142 S. Indiana Street, LA

My question is one better than the other?
what type are best to get there?
Should I order ahead?

Thanks!

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  1. Mama's Hot Tamales are OK but on the dry side as they don't use lard. I much prefer Sandra & Lolitas on Whitter Bl for their red pork tamales.

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      1. Definately order ahead of time.

        1. Have you tried the tamales at Spanish Kitchen? They are yummy - and perfect for the holidays!

          1. First, East LA is perfectly safe during the day, and I have been there often at night, in a nice car, with blond hair, and have never meet with anything but graciousness and courtesy. Even at at food stand like Denise's. Also it is fun to kid around with the 20 somethings.

            Second, an excellent place, assuming that they are still taking orders, is Juanito's on Floral off of Eastern about a block. I have been getting them there for 30 years or more.

            I do not consider anyplace on the Westside to have wonderful tamales. Chichi tamales, but not wonderful ones.