Best Tamales in CA

1

Zeitgeist

9.2
out of 10
tamales
199 Valencia St
San Francisco
,
CA 94103
(415) 255-7505
"...and then there's the legendary tamale lady, who stops by regularly with the best tamales, ever..."
"...the pitchers are inexpensive and the tamales were very tasty- esp the chicken tamale..."
"...spacious outdoor seating area, aloof but very cute bartenders, good selection of beer, and really freaking good tamales..."

2

Red O

9.2
out of 10
tamales
8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles
,
CA 90046
(323) 655-5009
"...we started with a mixture of the appetizers, including the fresh corn and goat cheese tamales (sublime), the albacore ceviche (very unusual), and the wild mushroom queso fundido (and i thought no one could top chorizo fundido!)..."
"...i am not too familiar with tamales, but these did not seem that special when compared to other tamales i have had..."
"...best dishes i have had are the green sauce chicken enchiladas (their red sauce is very good but green sauce has a smoky layer that just packs a punch), duck taquitos, short rib tamales, and short rib soft tacos..."

3

Tommy's Original World Famous Hamburgers

9.2
out of 10
tamales
2575 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles
,
CA 90026
(213) 389-9060
"...a nice invention called the chili tamale is also a treat, as well as the chili breakfast sandwich with 50 cent truck driver coffee..."
"...i have tried to chiliburger, hot dog, tamale, fries and all were great..."
"...i have never had the chili tamale so i can not vouch for them..."

4

La Palma Mexicatessen

9.2
out of 10
tamales
2884 24th St
San Francisco
,
CA 94110
(415) 647-1500
"...i really like the refried beans and tamales are to dead for..."
"...thay also have the best masa for making tamales..."
"...this is one of my favorite places to pick up tamales and other mexican foods..."

5

Don Carlos Taco Shop

9.1
out of 10
tamales
737 Pearl St #113
La Jolla
,
CA 92037
(858) 456-0462
"...the same goes for vegetarian tamales: not a lot of places offer them, so this puts don carlos above the rest..."
"...i really like that everything (besides the drinks) is premade-marinated by him, tamales and all..."
"...tamales of all kinds are fantastic, and way bigger than at most other places..."

6

Gloria's Cafe

9.1
out of 10
tamales
10227 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles
,
CA 90034
(310) 838-0963
"...great tamales de elote..."
"...i love this place for the soup and tamales..."
"...the tamale was excellent..."

7

Tres Hermanas

9.1
out of 10
tamales
2416 K St
Sacramento
,
CA 95816
(916) 443-6919
"...i love me a tamale..."
"...i love their tamales, so fresh and perfect with the rojo sauce..."
"...the tamale was ok, more cornmeal than pork..."

8

El Cholo

9.1
out of 10
tamales
1121 S Western Ave
Los Angeles
,
CA 90006
(323) 419-4158
"...hungry hordes line up at this l. a. institution for potent margaritas and famous green-corn tamales..."
"...the tamales (in season) are good too..."
"...then we shared the taste of history a tolled beef taco a little dry but ok, cheese enchilada decent, tamale not the best i have tasted and a chili relleno again it was ok..."

9

La Oaxaqueña

9.0
out of 10
tamales
2128 Mission St
San Francisco
,
CA 94110
(415) 621-5446
"...the pupusas and tamales are my favorites on the menu, especially the chicken mole one..."
"...it's hard to explain how tasty and juicy that tamale was..."
"...i love their mole tamales, their chorizo, their hot chocolate, their tlyaudas..."

10

Guisados

9.0
out of 10
tamales
2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles
,
CA 90033
(323) 264-7201
"...the tamale was the perfect size, and the masa was moist but substantial (i hate mushy masa and i hate dry masa, so this was peeerrrfect)..."
"...the sweet tamale was soft & extremely moist ; it tasted like cake, but with about two fingers in width & maybe the length of an iphone at $1.50 each keep this option as dessert for one..."
"...the corn and jalapeno tamale went along with my tacos perfectly..."

11

Flacos

9.0
out of 10
tamales
3031 Adeline St
Berkeley
,
CA 94703
(510) 981-8081
"...but the tamale has a lot more flavor (and ingredients) and is absolutely delicious..."
"...the tamale was so tasty that i bought some to take home and freeze..."
"...the banana tamale has the divine aroma of the banana leaf infused into it and really outshines the regular tamale..."

12

Casa Latina Bakery

9.0
out of 10
tamales
1805 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley
,
CA 94702
(510) 558-7177
"...they have tacos, tamales, tortas, burritos, quesadillas and a large variety of baked goods, many of which are giant..."
"...their tamales are excellent..."
"...i have not encountered any other place that sells those two types, and i love how different a real nicaraguan tamale is from everything else out there..."

13

El Indio Tortilla Factory

9.0
out of 10
tamales
2523 Artesia Blvd
Redondo Beach
,
CA 90278
(310) 370-0038
"...the tamales with sauce were good, as were the plain ones..."
"...prices are good, tamales are $1.55 plain and $2.10 with sauce..."
"...great tamales..."

14

Cha Cha Cha

9.0
out of 10
tamales
656 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles
,
CA 90004
(323) 664-7723
"...their verde tamale was the second best i have ever tasted..."
"...nonetheless, some favorites are the goat cheese empanaditas, the tamales, and the luscious pitchers of house-made sangria..."
"...tied with the tamales as my favorite was the jerk chicken pizza, similar to bbq chicken pizza..."

15

La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop

9.0
out of 10
tamales
582 7th St
Oakland
,
CA 94607
(510) 444-9954
"...the tamales are amazing..."
"...the tamales were really great, full of meat, authentic..."
"...best tamales in oakland..."

16

Gigi's Bakery & Café

9.0
out of 10
tamales
2200 W Temple St
Los Angeles
,
CA 90026
(213) 483-6152
"...my most favorite place to find the best salvadorean tamales without leaving the country..."
"...each delicious tamale is wrapped in banana leaves..."
"...their empanadas (chicken, pork), tamales, and croquetas are uber tasty and delicious..."

17

The Tamale Factory

9.0
out of 10
tamales
233 S White Rd
San Jose
,
CA 95127
(408) 729-1846
"...hungry for a good tamale, go to lucy's..."
"...love it! i love lucy's tamales, their tamales are the best..."
"...i have never had a complaint about these tamales..."

18

Pupuseria Salvadorena

9.0
out of 10
tamales
1403 Maple Ave
Santa Rosa
,
CA 95404
(707) 544-3141
"...way different than a traditional tamale it was pretty good..."
"...you can easily get a full, tasty lunch or dinner for 2 for under $15- there is a great variety of pupusas to choose from (pork, cheese, bean, loroco), plus tamales, soups, and other entrees (which cost a little more than a pupusa)..."
"...boyfriend also ordered the chicken tamale which is gigantic and awesome and wrapped in banana leaf..."

19

Orphan Breakfast House

9.0
out of 10
tamales
3440 C St
Sacramento
,
CA 95816
(916) 442-7370
"...the burrito (ingredients all contained) and tamales came with nice portions of black beans and fresh scallians..."
"...we are huge fans of the tamales breakfast vegan style..."
"...the tamales and black beans were very good, though perhaps could have used more spice or sauce, as noted by another reviewer..."

20

All Star Tamales

9.0
out of 10
tamales
San Francisco
,
CA 94110
"...very good, had spinach- cheese and green chicken tamales..."
"...the tamales were absolutely delicious, though..."
"...all-star tamales is truly a blessing because i can indulge and not feel guilty afterwards..."

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