Los Angeles, CA 90023
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.
Tips from foursquare
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.
Best tamales in LA. Be prepared for lines around the holidays.
Not just a bakery Awesome tamales, menudo, tacos!
Been faithfully coming here every December for the last 20 yrs. With tamales as delicious as these why bother making them yourself!
The tamales and bolios are AMAZING
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