A search of the board for La Indiana Tamales only reveals some years-old threads, so I figured it was time for a quick rec:
My next door neighbor owns a bunch of commercial property downtown and when she is down there checking up on a tenant, she brings us back a sack of tamales from La Indiana Tamales.
She only brings us the red chili beef tamales, though a glance at their web site reveals a number of different types.
I've never been to the shop myself (it's actually in East LA as far as I can tell), so I can't describe the atmosphere or the service or the parking or anything like that.
I can tell you the red chili beef tamale is damn good. It's got a nice spice (not really hot and spicy, though), great corn taste in the masa ... it's a good tamale. Greasy, though, your fingers will turn orange as you try to peel open the wrapper and the corn husks to get to the tamale.
I really like the texture of the meat in these tamales. It's so soft, it's almost creamy, softer than my mother's brisket.
Like I said, the threads that mention La Indiana are old, so I'm re-recommending and wondering if anyone else has tried any of the other tamales here.
1142 S. Indiana Street,
Los Angeles Ca 90023.
Telephone No.: (323) 262-4682
Fax No.: (323) 262-5013