A Paleta Shop in Los Angeles
The hand-crafted paletas (Mexican ice pops) at Mateo's are a delicious feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Mateo's is a small shop with very limited indoor seating and during the hot summer months, there is often a long line out the door. But it's worth the wait, as these gem-colored icy pops are a burst of fresh flavor and you'll find that it's hard to choose just one! Paletas here are made with either a milk/cream or a water/juice base, with flavors ranging from sweet and fruity like nance (yellow cherry), sandia (watermelon), tamarindo (tamarind), fresa (strawberry), or jamaica
(hibiscus flower) to creamier pops such as leche quemada (smoke milk), nuez (walnut, my favorite), coco (coconut), cajeta (caramel), and arroz con leche (rice with milk), among many others. For such a small paleteria, Mateo's has quite an impressive menu -- they also serve nieces (ice cream), licuados (smoothies), and vampiros (vegetable juices).