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Dec 4, 2007 07:20 PM

Xmas Tamales?

I would like to order some for the holiday season. Does anyone have a good source? I know all about Corn Maiden (which I love) but more open to a straight-up tamale experience. Gracias.

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  1. you might want to try mama's hot tamales in macarthur park:

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    1. re: tannazie

      Second on Mama's Hot Tamales if you're looking for a more traditional experience -- they serve quite a few regional varieties too. Adobo beef is my favorite there!

      I also did some taste-testing at the Indio Tamale Festival in Dec. 1-2, other good tamales I've had include Nini's in Whittier and Temecula Tina's in, well, Temecula. I don't think either is a restaurant though but they may ship or do catering orders.


      1. re: tannazie

        I found Mama's Hot Tamales to be dry, skimpy on filings, and overall unremarkable

        1. re: Ernie

          You're not the only one. Mama's Hot Tamales used to be really great back in the days when the carts were out in the park a few years ago. But in the last two years or so, the quality has taken a real tumble - just as the prices have nearly doubled. The last several times I've crossed the park for tamales, they've been out of at least a third of what's listed on the menu, and those that are served up are rubbery and dehydrated. It's clear they'd microwaved tamales made many days - or many weeks? - ago. Those once vibrant flavorings have become washed out. It's sad, really, because Mama's Hot Tamales was once a pretty special place that served up good food at a good price for a good cause. Now it's just another overpriced, overhyped rip-off emporium that really needs to be put out of its misery.

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            1. La Mascota
              In business over 50 years. Excellent!

              2715 Whittier Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90023
              Phone: (323) 263-5513

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              1. re: slowrider

                Oh! Oh! Oh! That's where I get my masa every year!

                I've not had their tamales but I do love their masa and I would assume that the tamales will be just as good. It's fluffy and not at all greasy like so many masas are. It's my secret for awesome tamales.

                1. re: jencounter

                  Try their chicken and the green chile/cheese ones.............sooooo good........
                  La Mascota rules!