Directly across from Los Angeles’ revitalized MacArthur Park, make your way past vendors selling grilled corn on the cob and bacon-wrapped hot dogs and you’ll find the homey Mama’s Hot Tamales Café. With various types of Central American cuisine on the menu, it all looks tempting, but it’s the tamales that are the draw. Pick from the day’s offerings, selected from a rotating roster of 50 tamale recipes.
I found my bliss with a vegan spinach and mushroom tamale, followed by a succulent, sweet corn tamale.
Breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week, from 8:30am-3:30pm. 213-487-7474