Veteran Tamale Shop
It's a stretch to label the Veteran Tamale Shop a restaurant as opposed to a wholesaler, but they'll sell to you direct, and it's so authentic that it simply can't be ignored. There's no signage on the front of the building, the operations are obscured by a flag inside ground-floor window, the Stevenson Expressway runs directly across the street, and there appears to be no sign of life from the outside. Since 1947, however, they've been churning out tamales for push cart vendors. Venture inside and you're likely to find the original cooking equipment, which by all accounts reached the end of its useful life three or four decades ago. In addition to tamales, patrons can buy several varieties of hot dogs, bratwurst, Italian sausage, Italian beef, meatballs, ribeye steaks, and chili, as well as condiments in industrial-sized containers.