La Mascota Bakery, Boyle Heights

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LOS ANGELES | When I did my self guided Mexican food walk through Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights, La Mascota Bakery was somewhere I had to visit. The family run Mexican bakery has been around since 1952, and despite a change in ownership in 2015 is as good as ever. Renovations occurred where needed, and by most accounts the food and coffee actually got better.

I first visited in 2017 to try their famed tamales, which many consider to be the best in the city. They are made to the original recipe and live up to the hype. Try the chile rojo con puerco⁣ (red chilli with pork) if you’re unsure which one to order.

Why I was visiting this year was to go beyond the tamales. I wanted to try one of La Mascota’s other offerings and had a hot tip from a Mexican Lyft driver that the best flan de leche (creme caramel) in town could be found here. I’ve had many a creme caramel over the years and the version at La Mascota is certainly up there.

Mexican flan de leche differs from the creme caramel that you might be familiar with by the use of sweetened condensed milk and, in the case of La Mascota, dulce de leche at the bottom. The result is a very sweet, but still well balanced, familiar yet different delight with a wonderful texture.

Chile rojo con puerco tamale + flan de leche + a horchata to wash it all down. Heavenly.

La Mascota Bakery

2715 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles
California 90023
United States

Telephone: 323 263 5513
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Sat: 5:00am to 7:00pm
Sun: 5:00am to 6:00pm

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