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tamales that travel?empanadas to enjoy elsewhere?

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Hey, I'm going to visit friends in Columbus, Ohio who are starved for good Mexican/Latin American food, and since I'm in Los Angeles, Echo Park/downtown, it seems like I can put something in a tupperware and take it to them, and if it fails, it fails, but it seemed worth a shot. As someone who's carried boudin on planes from Louisiana, and fried chicken, and cheese, I've done this before with local delicacies. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations I might check out.

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  1. Juanito's Tamales...they pack them well whether or not your traveling. You can probably freeze them before you leave and they're still good after you microwave them.

    4214 Floral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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    1. re: monku

      The only empenadas that are local, that I know of, are at Catalina Market on Western just south of Santa Monica about 100 yards. Chicken, beef, ham & cheese. Good Luck on your endeavor!

    2. Mama's Hot Tamales near 6th/Alvarado (Macarthur Park) carries many varieties of their tamales. You can get them cooked and hot, cooked and frozen, or uncooked and frozen. I've bought a couple dozen of the cooked/frozen tamales and transported them across the country in the past and it works out just fine. And the tamales are outstanding -- some of the best in LA.

      1. on the westside.. gallegos has great tamales and they pack well to go..they freeze well.
        also near by on sawtelle and venice is the empanadas place..3811 sawtelle, los angeles, ca 90066..also can be packed to go..and while you are in the 'hood..you might want snag some tito's tacos chips and salsa to go..always a hit..have fun

        1. sorry i had trouble attaching links..here they are

          Tito's Tacos
          11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

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

          1. I'm a fan of Sandra's & Lolita's Tamales. Tamales are all they make here, and turnover is constant.

            They make a very saucy tamale - the filling is wet, and they're plenty of it. I like their red pork tamale.

            They will sell you fully cooked and cooled tamales for reheating. Bring a styrofoam cooler and dry ice, and you'll be set for your flight. It's across the street from Tacos Baja Ensenada, so you can hit them while you're in the neighborhood and regale your friends with how good TBE's fish and shrimp tacos are.

            Sandra's and Lolita's Tamales
            5390 Whittier Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA
            323 722 2961

            1. Any decent Cuban market will have empanadas. Here's a few in your area:

              Argentinian and Chilean markets are candidates as well, just less common here. Empanadas Place on Sawtelle in WLA is very well known.

              If you are in my hood, go for empanadas at:
              - Continental Market, Hawthorne (Argentinian)
              - Rincon Chileno, Lawndale (Chilean)
              - Varadero Cafe, Hawthorne (Cuban)
              - Rosy's Bakery, Hawthorne (Cuban)
              Havana Mania in Lawndale might have some, but they're more of sit down resto.

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              1. re: DiveFan

                Just remembered due to brain cramp, my Tamale list with map.
                Hopefully the OP hasn't yet left town.

              2. Didn't leave town. Though I should, over and over again, with all of these choices, and rate accordingly. This is brilliant, people! Westsiders, I'll remember these spots for when I leave via LAX. And DiveFan, stellar map. Many thanks!