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May 30, 2009 09:29 AM


i am on the hunt for our town's best tamale makers--any leads?

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  1. I think all the best tamales in LA are hand made.
    My favorite is Juanito' can make a meal $1.60 each.
    4214 E Floral Dr, Los Angeles

    1. I'm very fond of the Green Chili Cheese at Los Cinco Puntos.

      And the Red Chili Pork at La Indiana.

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      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

        Los Cinco Puntos green chile cheese are great.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Only problem I have with Los Cinco Puntos is you have to buy a dozen at a time.

          1. re: monku

            Weird... I've been buying them for DECADES and have always been able to buy a few at a time...

              1. re: monku

                I always get 4 or 6 at a time. I have never bought a dozen, I might have even bought 2 at a time before.

                1. re: monku

                  I've almost always bought less than a dozen unless taking them home for the rest of the family. A few pork a few queso con chile verde.

                  1. re: JAB

                    Last week bought a dozen tortillas and pound of carnitas and the sign said a dozen were priced at $13 something....I thought I asked the guy if I could get get half dozen and I think he told me they're sold by the dozen and I could mix them anyway I wanted, so I bought a dozen.

                    1. re: monku

                      Herm... sounds like there was some sort of miscommunication on his part... Anyway, the good news is Tamales freeze well. :)


                  2. re: monku

                    I've bought as few as four ... and I've been buying there for decades.

                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                      Only other thing I don't like is they always pack the stuff in a paper bag that's greasy by the time you get to your car.

              2. You are going to get a lot of different opinions about which tamales are “best” just because individual tastes vary. Here is what a couple friends and I did a few years ago and what I would recommend: Do your own taste test. We packed some cheeses, salsa, condiments, drinks and picnic supplies. Then we headed out to several different tamale places in the East L.A. area and bought two or three varieties from each one. They included La Mascota, Liliana's, Cinco Puntas, Juanito's, La Indiana and a couple others that I can't recall offhand. We held them all in an insulated container until we were ready to eat them. Our last stop was a picnic table at Hollenbeck Park where we tasted and compared the different tamales. The only clear agreement was that it was a fun afternoon. My own personal favorites were the red chile pork tamale from La Indiana and the green chile and cheese tamale from Cinco Puntos. YMMV.

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                  1. re: Sam D.

                    thanks so much to everyone!!!! great recommendations-- anymore suggestions out there?!

                    1. re: tmsjas

                      Probably the most consistant tamale offerings in the Westside for me would be Gallegos' Mexican Deli on Venice Blvld in Mar Vista. I think their most popular is their chicken verde. I for one almost always order it with my barbacoa burrito when I visit them.

                      Gallegos Mexican Deli
                      12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                  2. Sundays Farmers Market in Rolling Hills has a great tamale stand. They are steaming hot and oh so delicious.

                    1. Tamara's tamales in Venice

                      Tamara's Tamales
                      13352 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066