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Mama's International Tamales

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 4 reviews )
Contact 213-487-7474

2124 W 7th St (at opposite Mac Arthur Park), Los Angeles, California, USA, 90057

Serves meat, vegan options available. Changed ownership at the end of 2011 and has different owner and food as the former Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe. Tue-Fri 11:00am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-6:00pm

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Take-out, Mexican, Catering, Non-veg

Reviews (4)

First Review by Chia

No Longer Exists - Edit

I was really looking forward to trying out some vegan/vegetarian tamales from this store since it had so many good reviews and was so close to where I live. But when I arrived, it was to find that the store had been replaced by a Pollo Campero instead. And later when I looked up the store again, I discovered that due to some kind of legal battle/chronic illness(?) the owner was involved in, that they were forced to close. I'm sure it was a great place to be when it was open and I hope it one day open again, but until then it would be great if the store was no longer listed on any maps or restaurant guides. Please take down the listing on this site or make a note in clear and visible text, that it's no longer operational. Thank you.

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Mamas is awesome! - Edit

This place is great! I just moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago and I've already been here 10 times! Great place to take you non-veg*n friends when you want to stuff your face too!

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Delish Tamales! - Edit

Mama's makes excellent vegan tamales- just make sure you ask which one's are vegan, since the restaurant is not. Too many tamales out there, restaurant or store bought, consist of a mass of cornbread and two strips of soggy onion inside. This place finally does tamales justice. Had the black bean tamale & chocolate tamale. Both excellent. Guacamole was disappointing. It was a pile of chopped tomato & onion, with a little avocado mixed in. Where's the avocado? Plantains were OK, but I've had much better. They were definitely on the dry side. The black bean soup served with them was good though.

Pros: Great tamales, Friendly staff, Clean and inviting

Cons: Sketchy hood, Parking is a challenge

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Yummy Vegan Tamales - Edit

Had read about this place on HappyCow and finally made it out to this part of Los Angeles. Here's my Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe review.

Was just here a couple days ago for lunch. It's situated directly opposite Mac Arthur Park in/near downtown Los Angeles. Parking is on street only.

The tables and chairs inside were all painted Mexcian-style with lots of lively colors of flowers, plants, and vegetable. It did seem a bit stagnant and grungy to me, though.

The chalkboard menu lists the tamales on offered that day. Of the six, 2 were vegan suitable (I asked): beans & herbs and spinach & mushroom. I got a bit of hot salsa to eat with the tamales, which were both quite delicious. I would definitely return to get the vegan tamales.

I also got a serving of the fried plantains, served with refried black beans (without the sour cream). While sweet, the plantains were too much charred (blackened) for my liking.

I would come back for the espresso as well, because the Americano I had (espresso + hot water) was quite good. Who knew a tamales restaurant would offer good coffee?!

Pros: authentic Mexican, good espresso

Cons: interior a bit grungy

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