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Best of Best Tamales - California

Best Tamales

Los Angeles, Orange County, and around California

If you like Mexican food and have lived in California, for more than six months you will know of at least one good restaurant that sell great tamales. One of the most popular Christmas dishes is tamales, (red chili, green chili, cheese, beef, pork and chicken are all favorites and in any combination of chili and meats. One of the best places to buy tamales for the holidays is at the tamale factories or Mexican Bakeries (panaderia’s).

One of the most popular Christmas dishes is tamales, (red chili, green chili, cheese, beef, pork and chicken are all favorites and in any combination of chili and meats. The once Christmas and Holiday favorite (Tamales) are made and purchased on a daily basis and especially on weekends. One of the best places to buy tamales for the holidays is at a tamale factories (tortilleria) or Mexican Bakeries (panaderias).

Anaheim, CA

El Sol Bakery

401 S. Magnolia Ave
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 827-0275
Comments: tamales and pan dulce are the best

Culver City, CA

Tamara’s Tamales

13352 Washington Blvd
Culver City (Los Angeles), CA 90066
(310) 305-7714

Fullerton, CA

El Fortin

700 E. Commonwealth Ave

Fullerton, CA

714.773.4290

www.restaurantelfortin.com

La Puente, CA

La Puente Bakery

15751 Amar Rd
La Puente, CA 91744
(626) 961-4545
Comments: Tamales, pan dulce, 6ft subs, and fruit filled cakes and tres leches cakes.

Los Angeles Area

Alberto Tamales

1644 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 484-4485

Chicken Itza Restaurant

3655 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 741-1075
Comments: best is to order and eat at restaurant, great breakfast and tamales.

Gloria’s Café

10227 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-0963
Comments: Pork and Chicken tamales are a favorite here

Guisados

2100 E Cesar Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 264-7201

Comments: best sweet tamales w/ pineapple

Juanitos Tamales

3448 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 780-0839

Comments: Making Tamales in East L.A. since 1956, one of the best on the eastside.

La Azteca Tortilla

4538 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 262-5977
Comments: home made corn tortillas, tamales

La Indiana Tamales

1142 S Indiana St.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

232.262.4682

Comments: One of the best in L.A. everyone’s favorite is the green chili and cheese

La Luz Del Dia Restaurant

W-1 Olvera St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 628-7495

Comments: La Luz Del Dia has the best tamales at Olvera Street.

La Mascota Bakery

2715 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 263-5513
Comments: great tamales and pan dulce

Lolita’s Tamales

6050 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 724-4222
Los Cinco Puntos
3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 261-4084
Comments: They have it all home made tortillas, carnitas, tamales y mas
Lupita’s Tamales
3027 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 635-4808
Mama’s Hot Tamales Café
2122 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 487-7474
Comments: Latin American, Mexican restaurant

Mom’s Tamales

3328 Pasadena Ave
Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles), CA 90031
(323) 226-9383
http://www.momstamales.com

Rosy’s Tamales

10981 Gleanoaks Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 91331

(818) 834-6948

Comments: This place is the real deal, could be one of the best Tamale places in Cali. Rosy’s opens daily at 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. On the weekends they usually sell out by 8:30 A.M. The early bird gets the tamales!

Sandra’s & Lolita’s

5390 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 722-2961
Comments: One of the best tamale places in L.A. with a lot of meat.

Tamales Lillianas

4629 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 780-0989

Comments: good tamales and full menu Mexican restaurant

Tamales Lillianas

3448 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 780-0839

Tamales Lillianas

2042 Marengo St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 224-9466

Tamale Man

3324 N Eastern Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 221-5954

Mission Viego, CA

Café Maiz

27567 Puerta Real

Mission Viego, CA 92691

949.367.0777

Comments: hand made corn tortillas. From the owners of El Cholo

Las Golondrinas

27981 Greenfield Dr. Ste G

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 362-1913 / http://www.lasgolondrinas.biz/inde…

Malena’s Tamales

PO Box

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(714) 697-2285 / http://www.malenastamales.com/

Comments: To place you orders for all natural, wholesome tamales made without lard, you should call or visit the website, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moreno Valley, CA

22920 Alessandro Blvd., Suite A,

Moreno Valley, CA

Comments: Oscar & Anna have brought the most authentic and delicious tamale recipes from Central Mexico and the State of Oaxaca.

Newark, CA

Mexico Tortilla Factory & Delicatessen

7015 Thornton Ave

Newark, CA 94560

(510) 792-9909

Comments: The best tamales in the area. You can also get a great authentic Mexican food. We recommend you try the carne asada burrito, and the homemade pork tamales.

North Hills, CA

California Tamale House

15404 Nordhoff St

North Hills, CA 91343

(818) 894-9231

Comments: You get hugh Tamales for $24.00 per dozen, and they are double the size of most Tamales.

Oakland, CA

Tamales Unicos de Cuernavaca

5751 Market St

Oakland, CA 94608

(510) 586-1244

Comments: This place only makes Tamales and that’s their specialty.

Orange, CA

La Poblana Bakery

604 W. Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA

714.771.4465

Comments: All of the meat tamales are great, especially the sweet tamales, they go well with a cup of champurrado. Rated as one of the top three in O.C.

Pacoima, CA

Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales

13752 Van Nuys Blvd

Pacoima, CA 91331

Neighborhood: Pacoima

(818) 896-8789 / www.megustagourmettamales.com

Comments: These Tamales can be purchased at the Larchmont Village Farmers Market and at Bixby Knolls Farmers Market. The Tamales are large and full of meat and flavor (only about $1.75 each).

Paramount, CA

Picoso Mexican Grill

7351 E. Rosecrans Ave.

Paramount, CA 90723

562.633.7990

Pasadena, CA

Mom’s Tamales

3328 Pasadena Ave Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 226-9383
/ http://www.momstamales.com/

Riverside, CA

Tamale Factory

3850 Main St
Riverside, CA 92501

(951) 342-3023

San Diego, CA

La Dona

1784 Newton Ave. San Diego, CA 92113

(619) 233-4939

Comments: One of the best hole in the walls, good food and good prices.

Las Cuatro Milpas

1875 Logan Ave. San Diego, CA 92113

(619) 234-4460 /

Comments: Good tamales, and Mexican food.

Ortega’s

4888 Newport Ave. San Diego, CA 92107

(619) 222-4205

San Fernando, CA

Carrillo’s Tamales

1242 Pico St. San Fernando, CA 91340

(818) 365-1636 / http://www.carrillostamales.com

Comments:

The Gourmet Tamale Factory

119 N Maclay Ave

San Fernando, CA 91340

(818) 837-3524 / http://www.thegourmettamalefactory.com

Comments: The Gourmet Tamale Factoryin San Fernando, California makes and sells fresh, hand wrapped original tamales, chile relleno, and rice and beans.

San Juan Capistrano, CA

El Molino de Oro

31886 Plaza Dr.

San Juan Capistrano, CA

949.489.9230

Comments: recommend you order the chicken with green chili

Santa Ana, CA

Grand Bakery & Tortilla

214 N. Grand Ave

Santa Ana, CA 92701

714.547.1851

Comments: Tamales, pan dulce, bollio, champurado is always fresh

Las Brisas de Apatzingan

1524 S. Flower St.

Santa Ana, CA

714.545.5584

Comments: Michoacán-style restaurant, try their huchepo, a cheese tamale with green chili.

Sarinana Tamale Factory

2218 W 5th St
Santa Ana, CA 92703

(714) 558-8650

Comments: Tamales, menudo, tacos, enchiladas y mas, great reviews in O.C.

Stanton, CA

El Fortin

10444 Dale Ave

Stanton, CA

714.252.9120

www.restaurantelfortin.com

Whittier, CA

La Moderna Bakery

8035 1/2 S Norwalk Blvd
Whittier, CA 90670
(562) 695-9414
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