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Tamales (in case you couldn’t guess) in Burbank.

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What does one say about the Tamale? One of the ubiquitous foods known to aficionados of Mexican-American Cuisine. For most, it ranks right up there with Tacos and Burritos,

What is a Tamale? Well, according to Wikipedia:

A Tamale is a traditional Meso-American dish made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.

No one is going to accuse California Fiesta Tamale House of an overabundance of ambiance. It was, after all, a Johnny Rockets not too long ago. The Diner layout is still there, but there is a certain pride to being shown of Ownership’s Mexican Heritage. I mean, the thing that caught my eye before even setting foot in there was a big, big, big display on the history of the Tamale. So this guy who owns California Fiesta Tamale House (and from Mall displays, it is a guy) has some pride in what he’s doing and pride in his Mexican-American roots.

Well, good because that display and that pride got me in there. So yeah…it worked.

You walk in. Find the Cash Register, order up and then wait for delivery. All simple. Again, we’re not talking complicated here. This is a place that primarily serves up an inexpensive, hand made lunch. What more could you want?


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, if you’re going into California Fiesta Tamale House and not trying a Tamale, then…I don’t know what to tell you.

I will give them this, California Fiesta Tamale House has a wide range of Tamales to choose from. From Meat Loves, to Vegetarian, to Sweet and Desserty. But it was Lunchtime for me, so I went with…you guessed it…Pork! And I got in Combo Number 2, so I had two Tamales, some Spanish Rice, and a Drink for about ten bucks. All in all, not a bad deal.

The Tamales were nice. They fine. They were probably the first Tamales I’d ever had, so more experience is needed in this category. The Spanish rice was pretty nice. I’d have that again in a second.

But the Tamales were hand made, good ingredients, and decently tasty. Best Mexican in L.A.? No. But a good deal for the price? Absolutely.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing serious. It’s located in the Mall on the Third Floor almost in the center of the Burbank Media Center, closest to Burlington Coat Factory.

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Oh and bear in mind, all the links on this page, lead to their Facebook Page.  Their website seems to be down as of publication.


PARKING: Free and plentiful. If you want to park closest to California Fiesta Tamale House, then park on the top level in between Burlington Coat Factory and Macy’s, and walk on it.


California Fiesta Tamale House
201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Space 374
Burbank, California

Tel: (818) 567-6100

Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm