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4 Los Angeles restaurants where you can get your next tamale fix

Eugene Adams

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There’s no shortage of good food in Los Angeles. The food scene here has a seemingly unlimited amount of food options. 

One excellent food staple of Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean cuisine is tamales. When it comes to finding great tamales, Los Angeles makes it easy on you. 

Here are four great restaurant options for the next time you are craving some. 

La Indiana Tamales

La Indiana Tamales refers to itself as the best-kept secret in Los Angeles. I don't think that's true; the secret is out. 

This family-owned business was acquired back in 1979, and they have been making their tamales from scratch the entire time. 

There are six great tamale options:

  • Beef
  • Cheese and Green Chile
  • Chicken 
  • Pork
  • Elote
  • Sweet


Monday — Saturday: 6 am- 4 pm

Sunday: 6 am- 3 pm

Address: 1142 S. Indiana Street, Los Angeles Ca 90023

Phone: (323) 262–4682

Website: www.laindianatamales.com

Sinaloa Express

South Gate is home to a sizeable Sinaloan community. Sinaloa Express is an excellent example of traditional Sinaloa foods.

They made great tamales, but that is not all; there are plenty of other menu options as well. 

  • Barbacoa
  • Enchiladas
  • Machaca
  • Sopes
  • Tastada Mixta
  • Flan
  • Mojarra


Monday — Sunday: 8 am- 10 pm

Address: 4174 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280

Phone: (323)749–0117

Website: www.website.uniquemobileapps.com/free/rios12345/sinaloa_express

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was opened by the Cetina family back in 2001. It was originally run by Gilberto Sr., his wife Blanca, and their son Gilberto Jr. Today, Mr. and Mrs. Cetina are retired, and Gilberto Jr. is in charge of carrying on the family's legacy. 

That family legacy includes authentic Yucatan food. The goal is for customers to feel as if they have been transported to the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. 

The menu includes plenty of great options, but be sure to try one of their three tamale options

  • Tamal Horneado
  • Vaporcito
  • Tamal Colado


Mondays: Closed

Tuesday — Sunday: 9 am- 8 pm

Address: 3655 S GRAND AVE C6, LOS ANGELES, CA 90007 

Phone: (213) 741–1075

Website: www.chichenitzarestaurant.com

Angry Egret Dinette

Mexican food is not hard to find in Los Angeles. You should give Angry Egret Dinette a try no matter how many Mexican restaurants you have already tried. Their entire menu is fantastic. 


Tuesday — Sunday: 9 am- 3 pm

Friday — Saturday: 5:30 pm- 9:30 pm

Address: 970 N Broadway Suite 114 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: www.aedinette.com

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