Tamales in the SFV?
As much as I know I am going to have to drive to East LA for the answer to this question, can anyone recommend a good location for tamales in the SFV? I live in Northridge and I do not want to have to drive 40 miles on a Friday evening to keep my 8-year old happy! :)
Have a great weekend and thanks in advance for any assistance!
I second Carrillo's Market. I also like Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales. They have a little booth off Laurel Canyon on Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima off the 5 freeway between the 118 and 170 split. There's a gigantic tamale factory behind the booth. I'm not sure where they sell the tamales, but they are quite generous and the meat is moist with fresh masa.
Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales
13754 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331
Have you considered the Corn Maiden tamales that are available at various farmers' markets in the valley? I know they sell at Calabasas on Sat and Encino on Sun. They have a standard selection of the full sized tamales but if you call in advance you can arrange for them to bring you an order of anything they sell in the full size or the cocktail size. They keep in the freezer beautifully.
You may want to give this place a try. I've been there a few times and was impressed. The masa was moist and tender (which I prefer) and the fillings were quite flavorful. I don't recall exactly which ones I tried (it was a year or two ago), but give it a try since it's so close. Plus, my eight-year olds loved it, so it may work.
Very basic place. Caters primarily to non-gringos; these aren't gentrified tamales. Inconvenient parking lot. Open early for breakfast.
California Tamale House
15404 Nordhoff St. (Sepulveda)
North Hills, CA 91343