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Tamales in Monrovia

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I'm a tamale virgin looking for great tamales in and around Monrovia. Thanks

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  1. There's a place called Enrique's Tamales in Monrovia I keep passing, but have never eaten there. Maybe other chowhounders can enlighten us about their tamales.
    Enrique's Tamales
    150 E. Colorado Bl (east of Myrtle Ave)
    Monrovia
    (626) 930-0973

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    1. re: SoCal Foodie

      I tried it out a couple years ago and deemed the tamales blech. Would NOT recommend - although, they do make them on site.

      Although it's been a while since I've had them here - I think you'd be better off getting some at the Pasadena farmer's market at PHS on a Saturday morning.

      I know you want local - but if you are willing to hop on the metro - take the gold line and the red line to mcarthur park - the perfect spot for a Tamale virgin is Mama's Hot Tamales - a variety of tamales to sample in a sit-down restaurant.

      1. re: The Oracle

        Mama's Hot Tamales are not worth the trip. Dry, small, and skimpy on the fillings