Monday, December 31, 2012
3328 Pasadena Ave
Mom's Tamales has been featured in the Food Network show; Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Now I can't stand that loudmouth jerk host of the show. Him yelling at the camera and playing a clown, just drives me up the wall. Most of the time the food looks great on the show, but honestly some of the other restaurants in LA that have been featured on show have been underwhelming. This is a list of the restaurants I've reviewed that have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives; some of the restaurants I went to long before there was a bleached blonde loudmouth jerk, yelling at people on The Food Network.
Restaurants I liked: Don Chow Tacos, Brats Brothers, Polka, and Fab Hot Dogs.
Restaurants that I was underwhelmed: Jaybee's BBQ, Baby Blues Bar-B-Q, Chili John's, Mac's Fish and Chip Shop, and Oinkster.
Well add Mom's Tamales into another underwhelming restaurant featured on the show. Located in the Lincoln Heights area of LA, Mom's is really the covered patio of a house. It is surrounded by other houses and easy to miss when driving by. There is a good sized seating area, but I got my tamales to go. All tamales are $1.84.
fresh spinach, stir fried together with tomato, onions and spices topped with monterey jack cheese. The first thing I noticed after cutting into the tamales was the terrible masa to filling ratio. There was way too much masa compared to the filling. While the masa was soft and moist, there was just too much of it.
The filling was very good. Lots of flavors going on with the spinach, tomatoes, and cheese. This was by far the most flavorful and best tasting tamale that I ordered.
Service is overall was good until I got my order. I was greeted by a nice older man when I walked in, who promptly got a server to take my take out order. The young lady who took my order was nice and friendly. But another young lady who brought my order lacked people skills and should not work in customer service. She didn't take my order, so she doesn't know who I am. But, she handed me a bag and said very rudely, $5.52. When she got my change, all she said was "Here you go." No thank you for coming? No, "Come back soon?"
The tamales here are pricey and not worth the prices because it's about 80% masa and 20% filling. There is no reason for me to come back here again. Another underwhelming restaurant on Triple D.