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Aug 9, 2008 11:05 PM

Columbian or Central American Tamales

Had Columbian Tamales for Christmas a few years back. Homemade and awesome.Potatoes, meat, egg, olives, raisins, spices, and wrapped in a banana leaf. Are there any spots that specialize in these marvels, or similiar Central American style. No covered there.

I know of Tamara's but I am looking for something a bit more authentic and I know Mama's comes up often because of the variety offered but also not what I am looking for.

There must be a hidden gem out there somewhere.....maybe.

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  1. There's a Columbian restaurant in Silverlake on Sunset near Coronado.
    Also, my nanny's (from Guatemala) boyfriend gets Tamales around new year's. I'll see if I can get a place because they make Mama's tamales taste like El Pollo Loco.

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    1. re: cls

      I knew this Columbian lady and she used to go to a columbian restaurant in Burbank or North Hollywood, they had great food. Someone will chime in with the name. I am not sure if the have tamales.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        La Maria Colombian Restaurant is located at 10516 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood. Their menu lists "Tamal Paisa" in the Colombian section. I've never had it, so I can't comment.

        1. re: Dogbite Williams

          That is the place I am thinking of, thank you Dog! I crack myself up, thank you dog, get it!.........LOL

    2. i had some really tasty colombian tamales at mi ama in lawndale. 5 bucks and big as a brick (but flatter). moist and fluffier than a mexican tamale and filled with all kinds of good stuff. it's been a couple of years since i've been there though... no longer live in the neighborhood...

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      1. re: csrbeach

        Thanks! I will continue search and report back on wherever I go, in a couple of weeks

      2. Mama's Hot Tamales usually has some central american tamales on their menu. I haven't seen Colombian tamales there, but their mix of tamales changes fairly often. If you cannot find them there, then you can try a Colombian restaurant in Hollywood called La Fonda Antioquena. It's the best of the city's Colombian restaurants in my opinion. Compared to the food I eat in Colombia, it's only so-so, but a lot of that is attributable to the availability of ingredients. The fruits are fresh in Colombia, the chicharron tastes different, the beef is grass-fed in Colombia, etc.

        1. Try La Fonda Antioquena in Los Angeles. I travel a lot and have eaten in different restaurants and I love there food. Very authentic. They have been in business for more than 25 years.