In my quest for tamales on the Westside, I took a tip from for another chowhounder and hopped over to Gallegos. The corn tamale was excellent. I asked about the ingredients. Would you believe they actually grind their own nixtamal for the masa! The owner learned from her father who owned a tortilla factory in Jalisco. I asked if they use manteca. Yes for all the tamales except for the corn tamale, she uses BUTTER. Awesome flavor. It was easy to identify the taste of fresh roasted green chile with slather of white cheese in the middle of a light dough studded with corn. The owner said the green chile/chicken tamales were the most popular but they were sold out. Something about their having sour cream in them
sounds good enough for a return trip. Note: this is the same Gallegos that used to be a tortilla factory and deli in Santa Monica.
Gallego's Mexican Deli (310) 391-2587
12470 Venice Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066-3804
Cross Street: Between Wasatch Avenue and Centinella
As a side-note, I also tried the chicken tamale at Tacomiendo on Inglewood Ave. It was dry and tastless. How did LA Magazine make such a mistake recommending this place?