Tamales are a traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Mexico and in plenty of homes in Los Angeles as well, including my own. And it’s no surprise, given how delicious they are and what a perfect comfort food they are to share with family and friends. They can also be made with fillings that work for Vegetarians, Vegans and those who are Gluten-Free. Perfect for Angelenos, who all have a different fad diet they’re following at any given time.
But making Tamales, also known as a Tamalado, is a labor-intensive event, and for many of us, buying Christmas Eve Tamales from a restaurant or bakery is the way to go. Here are some great Los Angeles places to order tamales for this holiday season.
This Hole-in-the-Wall spot has delicious tamales at a reasonable price. They come in chicken, pork, cheese, sweet corn and vegetable and sell for $16/dozen.
4506 Inglewood Blvd., Culver City 90230 (310) 391-6016
This long-standing tamale bakery in Marina del Rey is very popular and you need to get your orders in as soon as possible. They offer over 14 varieties, some very gourmet, and they sell for $27 – $87/dozen, depending on the fillings.
13352 W. Washington Blvd., LA 90066 (310) 305-7714
Recommended by friends of ours, this full-service restaurant often has lines out the door, so order early, or just be prepared to wait. Tamales come in chicken, pork & sweet, among other flavors, and sell for $18/dozen.
4629 East Cesar Chavez Blvd., LA 90022 (323) 780-0989
This supermarket also sells highly-recommended tamales, and there are several Southern California locations to choose from. Tamales come in beef, chicken, pork, cheese and sweet and sell for $15.99/dozen. Call ahead and choose the location that can best serve you.
7223 S. Compton Ave., LA 90001 (323) 587-7118, plus locations in Downey, Paramount & Santa Fe Springs
Corn Maiden sells mostly in Farmers’ Markets around Los Angeles, including Culver City on Tuesdays and Sundays at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. They also have some in stores, so check their website for locations. They offer many flavors and they sell for between $25 – $66/dozen, depending on the size and fillings.
24201 Frampton Ave., Harbor City, CA 90710 (310) 784-0400
Well known for their carnitas as well, these tamales go for $15.49/dozen. They come with the usual fillings and the cheese is highly recommended.
3300 East Cesar Chavez Ave., LA 90063 (323) 261-4084
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA and is a big fan of tamales, especially when they are made by professionals. All these tamales come personally recommended by me and my friends.