Tamales Elena y Antojitos
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Last year Southeast LA’s tamale game completely changed when Tamales Elena y Antojitos opened in Bell Gardens. Known for her powerful Afro-Mexicana cooking, chef Maria Elena Lorenzo used to sell her Guerrero regional style tamales in Watts. At Tamales Elena they offer both corn husk tamales and banana leaf ones with fillings like cheese and jalapeño, chicken in salsa verde, mushroom, pork, spinach and cheese. Or if you want something a little sweeter, they also have dessert tamales like pineapple and strawberry, perfect with a cafecito in the morning. The pozole here is also a draw here which comes in rojo, verde, y blanco, just like the Mexican flag. Make sure to get there early because they tend to close early and sell out certain tamales.