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La Mascota

Map & Directions 2715 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout


LA Weekly's Description

At La Mascota, the Salcedo family has been churning out Mexican bolillos, a softer, chubbier version of a French baguette, for their Boyle Heights neighbors for more than 50 years. But it's the $1.35 to-go tamales that draw the long- distance eaters armed with empty coolers and ice packs. In the kitchen window across from the bakery, 30-year tamale-making veteran Nachita Morales and her granddaughter, Erika Salazar, spoon the chile-spiked fillings onto masa-lined corn husks. The choices are limited — red chile with shredded pork, green chile with chicken or cheese, and sweet pineapple — but that's a good thing for those with limited freezer space.

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  • Larry L. on 12/16/12

    Best Tamales in Los Angeles. Be prepared to wait in line out the door if you don't come early enough in the AM in Dec. It will be worth the wait.

  • Lydia on 12/18/10

    Best tamales in LA. Be prepared for lines around the holidays.

  • Margarito G. on 12/11/10

    Not just a bakery Awesome tamales, menudo, tacos!

  • Christopho L. on 03/23/14

    Tamales ($1.50): Order tamale with Monterey jack, spicy sliced jalapenos, and light tomato sauce OR pork tamale with tender chunks of shredded pork shoulder slathered with a mildly spicy salsa

  • Joy M. on 02/01/14

    Coffee here is GOOD. Tasted like it might have some cinnamon in it? Whatever they do, it's working. Yum.

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