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Nov 28, 2009 09:42 AM


I love tamales but find that not everyone makes them to my taste. I like the firm masa, and often I find places which serve the masa soft, sweet, and corn-mealy which I don't like. Where can I find authentic, homemade tamales? I'm thinking i can probably find them in east LA, and years ago I had a good connection there.

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  1. My favorite is Juanito's. Big, meaty and can make a meal.
    Homemade....looks like the place was formerly a home.

    4214 Floral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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    1. re: monku

      Thanks monku! I've heard about this place. I'll try it.

      1. re: foodluvver

        The masa is firm. They freeze well too. I always get the red chili pork tamales.

      2. re: monku

        Sorry; Juanito's tamales are the size of footballs and actually not very good, at least by my family's standards (which are high; our tamal-making grandmas have retired). We were appalled by the size and the weird-tasting fillings. IMO you'd be better off with Liliana's tamales a few blocks away.

        4214 Floral Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063

      3. My very favorite are the Green Chili Cheese tamales at Los Cinco Puntos. And the Red Chili Pork tamales at La Indiana. Both places are close to each other in ELA.

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        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

          I love the green chili & cheese -- my favorite. Thanks for the info!

          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            I have to agree about the Cinco Puntos. Are the ones at La Indiana good? I pass it on the way home. I have never tried it. I like Liliana's.

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

            La Indiana Restaurant
            144 N 1st St, La Puente, CA 91744

          2. Juanito's, Los Cincos Puntos and La Indiana are all within a stones throw of each other if you're in ELA. Pick up some from all and decide.

            1. I've had both Juanito's and La Indiana and I still prefer Sandra's & Lolita's because I like their saucy fillings. YMMV if you like a more solid filling.

              Sandra's & Lolita's Tamales
              5390 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

              1. I like the tamales at Alberto's. On weekends they have 8 or 9 different kinds. Weekdays they have fewer varieties. Approaching Christmas they really get busy.

                The masa is firm and not sweet or mealy. They have many fillings, but my new favorite is the picador, which is a mixture including ground beef. But they also have the usual chicken, pork, mole, cheese, etc.

                Alberto Tamales
                1644 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                1. re: lil mikey

                  Another vote for Alberto's. Great selection of flavors, both savory and sweet. Really friendly service and cheap prices as well.