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Xmas Tamales?

djquinnc Dec 4, 2007 07:20 PM

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.

  1. DiveFan Dec 5, 2007 04:56 PM

    Two weeks ago, same subject, More links: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/459787
    Good reading!

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      budlit Dec 5, 2007 03:41 PM

      gallegos in venice

      1. Hughlipton Dec 5, 2007 03:41 PM

        If you are looking in the Valley check out Lenchita's in Pacoima. I've only had their red tamales but they were excellent. Not as good as my ex-mother-in-law used to make on Christmas Eve but darn close. Tried to hold on to mother-in-law in the divorce as my share of the community but the Court didn't buy the idea.

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          priscilla2 Dec 5, 2007 11:46 AM

          Tamara's Tamales on Washington in Culver City

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            Sam D. Dec 5, 2007 10:24 AM

            Here are my own favorites for traditional tamales listed in order of preference:

            La Indiana Tamales
            1142 S Indiana St
            Los Angeles, CA 90023
            (323) 262-4682

            Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe
            2124 W 7th St
            Los Angeles, CA 90057
            (213) 487-7474

            Cinco Puntos Mexican Foods
            3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
            Los Angeles, CA
            (323) 261-4084

            Tamales made by Cinco Puntos are also sold at some Super A Food Market locations.

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            1. re: Sam D.
              Skunk2Racer Dec 5, 2007 03:20 PM

              Tamales made at La Indiana Are sold at Albertsons. I prefer the Chicken and Beef tamales form la mascota

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              Ernie Dec 5, 2007 10:08 AM

              Sandra & Lolitas in ELA

              1. garvanza girl Dec 5, 2007 09:52 AM

                I haven't ordered from them in a few years, but I used to always rely on La Indiana, on Indiana Ave near Olympic. If you do try them, please report back and let us know!

                La Indiana Tamales
                1142 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

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                1. re: garvanza girl
                  mfbrian88 Dec 5, 2007 07:03 PM

                  second it, but there specialty is bbq tamales...So i do not know if this is what you are looking for.

                2. slowrider Dec 5, 2007 05:54 AM

                  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
                    jencounter Dec 5, 2007 06:19 AM

                    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
                      slowrider Dec 6, 2007 05:54 AM

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

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                    tannazie Dec 4, 2007 08:20 PM

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


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                    1. re: tannazie
                      AquaW Dec 6, 2007 09:39 AM

                      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
                        Ernie Dec 6, 2007 10:34 AM

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

                        1. re: Ernie
                          Woolsey Dec 6, 2007 06:54 PM

                          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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