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need tamale take out for thanksgiving

Clyde Nov 16, 2009 02:02 PM

we are having tamales on thanksgiving along with chips/salsa/guac - rice&beans, etc... but mainly we need tamales. i was thinking about getting some at the Farmers Market over the weekend. I think the FM on melrose has them frozen. any other options? thanks!

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    Bruinlad Nov 18, 2009 12:45 AM

    IMHO, you can't go wrong with La Mascota Bakery. Growing up I remember taking trips with my folks early in the morning just to line up and pickup a few dozen of their moist and delicious tamales made fresh everyday. I figured if you ask almost any E LA resident as to where the good tamales are and chances are they'll point you in the direction of this bakery. Having been in business for over 50 years certainly speaks for itself as well. Try it, you won't regret it. Either come when they open or right before lunch where you probably won't deal with the line, which moves along rather quickly. Pick them up a day ahead and just keep them refrigerated. Parking is in the rear.

    La Mascota Bakery
    2715 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

    1. maxzook Nov 17, 2009 12:43 PM

      Mama's chicken tamales have always been a favorite of mine, a block from Langer's on the south side of MacArthur Park ... and a great cause as well:


      Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe
      2122 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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        chowchi1 Nov 17, 2009 09:40 AM

        Go authentic -- the real deal:

        Tamales Lilianas
        4629 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA
        (323) 780-0989‎

        Tamales Lilianas
        4629 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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          yummychomp Nov 17, 2009 06:30 AM

          yes...try costco tamales......very tasty....chicken in red chile sauce so good i called co..to congratulate them.....good luck

          1. SilverlakeGirl Nov 16, 2009 10:24 PM

            Los Cinco Puntos on Cesar Chavez has great Green Chili Cheese tamales every day.

            Cinco Puntos
            3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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            1. re: SilverlakeGirl
              JAB Nov 17, 2009 05:30 AM

              Seconded. Their pork with red chili are very good as well.

            2. Kitchen Queen Nov 16, 2009 10:01 PM

              I've ALWAYS had good luck here. If it's not too far out of your way. They also make "party" size (small) beef, pork, chicken, cheese/jalapeno, corn and dessert tamales. YUM!

              Gourmet Tamale Factory
              119 N MacLay Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

              1. Phurstluv Nov 16, 2009 04:54 PM

                Well, any mexican deli worth their salt would have them. I know of Gallegos in West LA, but we've only had their enchiladas.

                Costco also sells them fresh, by the bag, if you've got a membership. I seem to recall they were pretty good. And, like you said, most FMs have a vendor that sells one version or another.

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                1. re: Phurstluv
                  Senor Popusa Nov 16, 2009 08:47 PM

                  Coincidentally we got tamales today at Gallegos brothers for dinner tonight. The chicken chili verde ones were the best. I believe tamale varieties available were: corn, chicken, chicken chili verde, beef and pork. They have both frozen ones and ones ready to eat, depending on your needs. I think they were $2 each.

                  I love the tamales at Gallegos. Highly recommended.

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

                  1. re: Phurstluv
                    Jase Nov 17, 2009 09:38 AM

                    Piling on with the Gallego's reco.

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