Open since 1952, it doesn’t get more classic than La Mascota in Boyle Heights. The bakery space on Whittier Blvd. has been heavily renovated over the last few years, but not to worry, the baked goods are better than ever. That includes pan dulce, fresh bolillo, and a flan worth driving across town to get. But let’s be real - most everyone in line is here for the tamales. Our favorites include the chicken mole and the slightly spicy chili rojo. You can get a dozen for $24, and if you want to skip the line (of course you do), order ahead through their website.
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