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MAMA’S HOT TAMALES CAFE (6.75)

Posted in MacArthur Park, Vegan by burritowizard on August 23, 2009

Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe Exterior

2124 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057-4001
(213) 487-7474

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Measurements: 9″ circumference; 7″ length (standard size)

Tofu Burrito $8.78 after tax

In the grand scheme of territorial plunder, the spoils run from gold to silver to bananas.  Sometimes boredom/ compulsive entrepreneurship steers your quest towards the latter end of the spectrum leaving you with a “fruitful” discovery.  The Burrito Wizard ventures to Mama’s Hot Tamale’s Café, not famous for their burritos, but well established as a matriarch in the tamale-sphere.  Vegan friendly in MacArthur Park, artsy-date-worthy atmosphere, a little pricey for the taqueria crowd.

Their vegetarian burritos are lacking zest and overpriced given the comparables.   Fresh vaguely noteworthy red and green salsas.  We’re talking vegetarian burritos here, not to take anything away from the rest of their menu, which I recommend focusing on to any one who chooses to patronize Mama’s Hot Tamale’s Café.  Don’t order the burritos.

Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe Burrito

Value: Pricey for the area

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

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RODEO GRILL (8)

Posted in Echo Park, MacArthur Park by burritowizard on March 13, 2009

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1721 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 &

(213) 483-8311

1721 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 738-5252

 

Veggie Burrito: $6.05 after tax

Quesadilla con Guacamole: $6.48 after tax

 

Refried Beans: have lard

Rice: made with chicken base

Whole Beans: Vegetarian

 

The most eclectic crowd of any Mexican restaurant in the city Rodeo Grill is a Los Angeles treasure.  One of the “great” salsa bars (although it fluctuates heavily day-to-day).  The atmosphere is a combination of cafeteria, diner, taco stand, family “pizzeria”, and coffee shop, and is almost always crowded.  Sometime around 2004/ 2005 in the same gust of progress that wiped out the Pioneer market, both locations were remodeled and the prices nearly doubled.  No longer the best value in town, Rodeo Grill is still worth a visit.  

 

For vegetarians: I recommend the Quesadilla con Guacamole.  I know it’s not a burrito, but it allows you to enjoy their great pico de gallo and Verde sauce (get it from the salsa bar).  Their thick rich red sauce is worth a taste, although there’s no need to waste your time with the thin watery red sauce. 

 

The Veggie Burrito is made fajita style and varies depending on which version you choose.  It is served on a plate and not sure if it would hold up double wrapped in foil. 

 

rodeo-burrito

 

Value: Yes, as long as you take full advantage of the salsa bar and pico de gallo

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 8

 

 

 

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