Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 2124 W 7th St

    Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Map & Directions
  • 213-487-7474

About Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe

Hours
11am - 3:30pm every day

Food

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You've never seen such a wide selection of tamales. Equally impressive options for sauces and moles. Tasty, tasty, tasty. Located in a store front, but very warm and pleasant atmosphere. Located ajacent to a Latino book store and gift shop. Very cultural flavor without going overboard.

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★★★★☆

You've never seen such a wide selection of tamales. Equally impressive options for sauces and moles. Tasty, tasty, tasty. Located in a store front, but very warm and pleasant atmosphere. Located ajacent to a Latino book store and gift shop. Very cultural flavor without going overboard.

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This MacArthur Park restaurant served some of the most authentic-tasting tameles I?ve ever had, but they took nearly an hour and a half to get the food to our table after the four of us had ordered (we didn't even order that much), and they forget to bring me my chips & salsa even after I reminded them twice. I loved the colorful furniture and decorations that made the restaurant feel like a fiesta, but the service here was so bad that I would never come back again. For those who don?t mind waiting a long time for food and want to try the place, there?s a $4-ish lot behind the restaurant that I?d say is your best bet for good parking in the area.

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★★☆☆☆

This MacArthur Park restaurant served some of the most authentic-tasting tameles I?ve ever had, but they took nearly an hour and a half to get the food to our table after the four of us had ordered (we didn't even order that much), and they forget to bring me my chips & salsa even after I reminded them twice. I loved the colorful furniture and decorations that made the restaurant feel like a fiesta, but the service here was so bad that I would never come back again. For those who don?t mind waiting a long time for food and want to try the place, there?s a $4-ish lot behind the restaurant that I?d say is your best bet for good parking in the area.

Pros: authentic Mexican food, atmosphere, decorations

Cons: service, parking

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Mama's features a diverese menu of authentic tamales from many different regions in Mexico and Central America. The best I have sampled so far are the Oaxacan tamales with black mole sauce wrapped in banana leaf with the fiery green chile Honduran tamales a close second. Mama's tamales are somewhat small in size but large in flavor. Mama's menu features non tamale items like sopas, enchiladas and breakfast dishes like chilaquile. You can also get one of the best cups of coffee in the city right here at Mama's as well. If there is a wait for a table in this stylish Macarthur Park cafe, peruse the small selection of books and art in the adjoining coffee shop.

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★★★★☆

Mama's features a diverese menu of authentic tamales from many different regions in Mexico and Central America. The best I have sampled so far are the Oaxacan tamales with black mole sauce wrapped in banana leaf with the fiery green chile Honduran tamales a close second. Mama's tamales are somewhat small in size but large in flavor. Mama's menu features non tamale items like sopas, enchiladas and breakfast dishes like chilaquile. You can also get one of the best cups of coffee in the city right here at Mama's as well. If there is a wait for a table in this stylish Macarthur Park cafe, peruse the small selection of books and art in the adjoining coffee shop.

Pros: Most Diverse Selection Of Authentic Tamales In LA; Great Coffee

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I think that anyone who likes to find the secrets of LA must put Mama's on their list. Its right in MacArthur park, adjacent to trendy Silverlake and Downtown, so hipsters should really be going there to stay ahead of the hipster curve. The restaurant was founded to help poor women of color who were making tamales to sell on the street start their own restaurant business; basically legalizing women's work (woo hoo! this is an important issue people). The place is colorful, clean, and when you patronize it, you know you are helping your community! I've had about half the tamales on the menu, and I can say with confidence that these ladies have skillz! Impress your friends and take them to Mama's Hot Tamales.

2
★★★★★

I think that anyone who likes to find the secrets of LA must put Mama's on their list. Its right in MacArthur park, adjacent to trendy Silverlake and Downtown, so hipsters should really be going there to stay ahead of the hipster curve. The restaurant was founded to help poor women of color who were making tamales to sell on the street start their own restaurant business; basically legalizing women's work (woo hoo! this is an important issue people). The place is colorful, clean, and when you patronize it, you know you are helping your community! I've had about half the tamales on the menu, and I can say with confidence that these ladies have skillz! Impress your friends and take them to Mama's Hot Tamales.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Social Consciousness

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excellent coffee (we use it at home), friendly service, and the fried sweet plantains w/ sour cream - amazing! haven't tried the tamales yet, but the breakfast was really great. you can get creative with parking, or just use a meter. the neighborhood is "urban" but, it's MacArthur Park so you can expect that (the hours of operation are pretty prohibitive of any danger).

2
★★★★☆

excellent coffee (we use it at home), friendly service, and the fried sweet plantains w/ sour cream - amazing! haven't tried the tamales yet, but the breakfast was really great. you can get creative with parking, or just use a meter. the neighborhood is "urban" but, it's MacArthur Park so you can expect that (the hours of operation are pretty prohibitive of any danger).

Pros: friendly staff, great coffee, good food!

Cons: neighborhood can be a little sketchy

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If you're in the mood for tamales, go to the place that makes tamales their main focus. This small, charming restaurant offers a unique variety of flavors for their tamales. Great for catering, take-out or dine-in. Not only do eaters get their grub on, but you help support their non-profit job-training program.

5
★★★★★

If you're in the mood for tamales, go to the place that makes tamales their main focus. This small, charming restaurant offers a unique variety of flavors for their tamales. Great for catering, take-out or dine-in. Not only do eaters get their grub on, but you help support their non-profit job-training program.

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This is not only a fine restaurant serving up tamales and horchata but it is also a bookstore, co-op and training center for tamale street vendors and a Center for Social Justice (not the name but I forget it exactly). The tables and chairs are finely carved and the whole place is brightly decorated with suns and flowers and turquoise paint. The tamales are the bomb and are recipes from all over Central & South America and the Caribbean. I like the ones from Nicaragua con pollo. I love the feel of the place because you know it is dynamic and that in training the street vendors to sell tamales in ways that meet the cities codes then more people will benefit from this enterprise.

PROS: All of it!
CONS: If you are intimidated by Macarthur Park it is right across the street.

5
★★★★★

This is not only a fine restaurant serving up tamales and horchata but it is also a bookstore, co-op and training center for tamale street vendors and a Center for Social Justice (not the name but I forget it exactly). The tables and chairs are finely carved and the whole place is brightly decorated with suns and flowers and turquoise paint. The tamales are the bomb and are recipes from all over Central & South America and the Caribbean. I like the ones from Nicaragua con pollo. I love the feel of the place because you know it is dynamic and that in training the street vendors to sell tamales in ways that meet the cities codes then more people will benefit from this enterprise.

PROS: All of it!
CONS: If you are intimidated by Macarthur Park it is right across the street.

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