Jonathan Gold goes on a holiday tamale crawl across L.A.

Holiday tamales
Maria Badajos delivers an order of red pork tamales in the kitchen at Juanito’s in East Los Angeles.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

I don’t think you can find them all on Google, but this is probably the 12th or 13th time I have been assigned to write a year-end tamale piece, and for almost all of them I have made the rounds of more or less the same Boyle Heights tamaleros before declaring once again that Juanito’s is definitively the best.

This weekend is when you need to order many of the area’s best tamales if you want to pick them up on Christmas Eve. Such decisions are not to be taken lightly.

Juanito’s supremacy is also not to be taken lightly.