When I used to work in downtown I would go to the 7th Street Market Place on Thursdays because they had their farmer's market and they had flowers, nuts, crepes, vegetables, and things like that for sale. They also had a gourmet tamale place. They were very expensive. I think $2.50 a piece. That's a lot considering I pay about 1.50 a piece where I get them at La Mascoda in East LA. I know purist would say that gourmet tamales are not authentic tamales and stuff like that. I love my La Mascoda tamales, they are just about the best I've had. I did like the gourmet ones a lot too. I think after awhile that gourmet tamale vendor stopped selling at the 7th Street Market Place. I have had other gourmet tamales at other farmer's markets but they were not as good as the 7th Street Market Place. I can't remember the name of that tamale vendor.
Why were they so good you ask? The dough or masa, was very soft, very soft. The Lamasoda are pretty soft too but these were more so. They had the best green sauce that they would poor over the tamales. They were so good but too expensive. I go to the South Pasadena farmer's market sometimes but never had the tamales there, I'll give them a try and see how they are. I'm sure they are expensive.
So my question is this are there any stores/bakeries that sell so-called gourmet tamales? I go to traditional Mexican places for tamales so they are not the so-called gourmet type of tamales. I love the regular Mexican kind like at La Mascota but I want to have some gourmet ones without paying $2.50 a piece. Maybe there is a bakery that sells them for a more reasonable price. I know not all are created equal also but just want to find something like that. My only gripe with Lamascoda is they will not put sauce on top of the tamale or won't sell it separate, the gourmet kind do.
Market Place Restaurant
1102 Lawrence St, Los Angeles, CA 90021