Tamales Elena y Antojitos Brings Afro-Mexican Cuisine to the L.A. Area

Maria Elena Lorenzo’s outstanding soups and stews are worth a jaunt to Bell Gardens
Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • August 25, 2020
A new restaurant wants to expand Angelenos’ ideas of Mexican food and culture. Tamales Elena y Antojitos, which opened in Bell Gardens in July, specializes in food from the region of Guerrero, and is being hailed as the city’s first Afro-Mexican...
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