Satisfying a craving for tamales

It’s quite ironic that around Christmastime when there are dozens of tamales around my house of all different types, I refuse to eat tamales. However, when it’s still a few months ’til Christmas and I haven’t had a tamal in months, I get a huge craving and have trouble satisfying it since I’m quite picky about my tamales.

I could get some from any Mexican restaurant or even a street vendor, but I prefer Mama’s Hot Tamales in MacArthur Park for their variety and the ambience.

Lucky for the tamal-lover in me, the Tamale Festival is coming up on November 10-12.

5 Replies to “Satisfying a craving for tamales”

  1. I’ve heard wonderful things about Mama’s. Don’t they also support open market or cooperative business practices, too?

  2. May I recommend Sandra`s and Lolitas Tamales in East Los Angeles. Located at 5390 Whittier Blvd., two blocks East of Whittier and Atlantic Blvd’s.

    They offer many different types of tamales, from green chili, red pork, cheese, and sweet tamales.

    Hope you enjoy the food.

  3. May I recommend Sandra`s and Lolitas Tamales in East Los Angeles. Located at 5390 Whittier Blvd., two blocks East of Whittier and Atlantic Blvd’s.

    They offer many different types of tamales, from green chili, red pork, cheese, and sweet tamales.

    Hope you enjoy the food.

  4. Thanks to your post Cindy, my wife Susan has just returned from Mama’s where she not only fell in love with the place and with Mama herself but right now I’m in the middle of eating a chicken tamale with mole sauce — no wait… correct that: it’s all gone. YUMMY!

  5. Lots of people are hooked on Lilianas over on Cesar Chavez, near Ford, but I had them last week and throughout the years and they’re just okay. I don’t like the dry, thick, masudo type of tamales that have become the norm. I like the thinner masa ones (I guess thats more norte√±o style) that are slick rather than grainy, but I’ve yet to find a reliable source for those, the woman that used to sell them out of a cart on 1st St stopped showing up. There’s a place that opened up in Lincoln Heights (www.momstamales.com What’s up with the mom names? Everyone knows the abue makes ’em better!) but the queso y “rajas” is made with jalape√±os, wtf? Its a cheapo shortcut that don’t taste too good, but maybe the meat ones are okay, who knows.

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