Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe

2124 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Critics' Pick


  • Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Validation
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Across from MacArthur Park, Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe is a sprawling, brightly painted complex that provides the kind of curatorial services and logistical support to local tamale masters that in a better world MOCA would be providing to Los Angeles artists. The cafe is a United Nations of tamales, made in the kitchen by cooks from all over Latin America. A given day's menu might include banana-leaf-wrapped Oaxacan tamales oozing black mole sauce, wet chicken tamales from Honduras, green-chili tamales from Acapulco, densely sweet little torpedos from El Salvador and grainy tamales from Michoacan.

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