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Dec 7, 2012 12:30 PM


I find Mexican tamales too heavy. I love the Salvadorean tamales at Gloria's Cafe in Culver City, but it's too far.

Do you know of a place that has Cuban and/or Central American tamales in L. A.? Hollywood, W. Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire?

Thank you.

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  1. Panaderia El Salvador
    4015 Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90004
    (323) 284-8368

    1. I have always loved the Chuchitos (Guatemalan Tamales) from Guatemalteca in LA. I took them to a tamale tasting with several Chowhounders several years ago and they came in very close to first (if not first). Also, don't miss the black beans. YUM!!

      1. El Salvador, Cuba, Bolivia, Guatemala, etc., are smaller countries, smaller populations. Mexico is much larger, much more populous, much more varied ethnically. Don't be too ready to pigeonhole Mexican foods...those that are truly Mexican, not merely concocted for US consumption, are likely to have regional differences. Don't avoid trying a new source of "Mexican" tamale, or whatever, merely on the basis of one or two samples. There's also an issue of variation based on novelty in the US because so many different ingredients are black beans, which aren't common in Mexico like they've been in Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Central America.

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        1. re: macbaldy

          good lesson in geography and demographics, who wouldve thought that central american countries were much smaller than Mexico, in the end, if the OP finds mexican tamales too heavy then thats what they are, no matter what region of the larger country of Mexico theyre from

          BL, check out adelitas on pico and union, they serve salvadorian and nicaraguan food

          by the way, Bolivia is in south America

          1. re: macbaldy

            I don't know that much about regional variations on the tamales; but I do know black beans are what they eat in southern Mexico.

          2. Remember, Mexico is a pretty large country and there are various Tamale types. You might want to try the Yucatecan Tamales Colados. They have a much lighter masa, strained and quite favorful fillings of turkey and tomato. I like them from the Flor de Yucatan Bakery on Vermont near Hoover...