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Apr 20, 2007 01:48 PM

Looking for really excellent homemade tamales

These are for a baby shower and the mother to be is Mexican, so they have to be really good. Can anyone recommend a place or catering person where I might be able to buy about 30? I'm in the Hollywood and West Valley area.

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    1. re: revets2

      Gloria's on Venice Blvd., in Culver City makes outstanding tamales.

      1. re: maudies5

        what kind of tamales from which countries? do they make guatemalans? thanks.

        1. re: revets2

          Have you been to Guatemalteca Bakery (which was previously recommended on the LA board by Condiment) for tamales and other types of baked goods?

          4032 Beverly Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90004
          (213) 382-9451

          1. re: revets2

            I believe Gloria is from El Salvador. Not sure if there is a big difference between the Salvadorean and Guatamalan. They sure are delicious, wherever they are from.

            1. re: maudies5

              pretty big difference in the masa, fillings, size, density, etc.

              1. re: maudies5

                Gloria's tamales are Salvadoran.

          2. re: revets2

            Agreed on both counts -- Mama's Adobo Beef are definite must-try. Corn Maiden's stuff are a bit more modernized (they're famous for their belgian chocolate, raspberry & caramelized walnut dessert tamale) but they have some traditional options too and I liked them a lot in general.


          3. My favorite is La Indiana in East LA. (1142 S. Indiana St.,(323) 262-4682). The pork, the chili cheese, and the sweet tamales are all excellent. The other perennial ELA favorite is Lilliana's (4619 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., (323) 780-0989).

            Fwiw, I affirmatively dislike Corn Maiden, and while I like the idea of Mama's, and have had some okay tamales there, nothing has ever really knocked my socks off. (Maybe just me though; lots of folks rave about both places.)

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            1. re: David Kahn

              La Indiana and Sandra & Lolitas in ELA are both better than the overrated Mama's which tend to be dry (since they don't use the traditional lard)

              1. re: David Kahn

                I've been getting tamales at La Mascota Bakery (in East LA on Whittier Blvd.) for over 15 years - they are just like the tamales that my Chicano neighbor's grandma used to make, especially the pork tamales! Fluffy masa, lard, big chunks of pork and great chili balance. The sweet ones are wonderful, and so are the green chile and chicken tamales. They also have great fluffy and fresh Mexican pan dulces, and nice bakery goods. You can buy them fresh at the bakery or order big quantities in advance, but during the holidays, you should order in advance, there are long lines around the block.

                1. re: Kimba2000

                  I've been purchasing masa for our christmas tamales from La Mascota for over 10 years and can attest that their masa - so fluffy and not at all heavy or greasy - and tamales are the best.

                  1. re: jencounter

                    I'm not a fan of Corn Maiden. Way too chintzy on the fillings

                    1. re: maudies5

                      i think it really depends on who the audience is. if you have a shower group of adventurous eaters or latinas, then all these authentic places are perfect. if not, CORN MAIDEN and MAMAs HOT TAMALES makes it more accessible to the unindoctrinated. many have a texture problem with tamales too. just my experience after having thrown many showers and many tamale parties, but not both at the same time.

                      great idea, though!

              2. Gallegos brothers does great tamales. Their chicken chili verde is especially good.

                Website at
                Located at 12470 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, Ca. 90066 (310) 391-2587. 1 block west of Centinela Ave., on the south side of Venice Blvd.
                Close to the freeway.

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                1. re: Senor Popusa

                  Juanito's in East LA on Floral near Gage.
                  the best!

                  1. re: TastELA

                    Juanitos is great, so are the others in East LA, that are mentioned above.

                2. Cinco Puntos in E LA

                  1. MOM'S TAMALES
                    3328 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031

                    something like a dozen-best of show for me are mole negro and spinach

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                    1. re: corydon

                      I like their cheese with spinach and chiles tamales, with the green tomatillo salsa and a squeeze of lime. tasty!