I came here with 6 of my girlfriends for Sunday brunch, and damn was the parking annoying! That, and the fact that the kitchen didn't get my order quite right (wrong cheese on my omelet) are the two reasons why this place didn't deserve 5 stars. The parking right outside this location is only 30 min spots, so we had to park down the block. But eh, it's LA, what can you do? The ambiance was very rustic and cute for such a small place, and I liked the decor a lot. There are mostly small tables for 2-4 people, but they also had a large communal table in the center, which was perfect for my group. A couple was just finishing their breakfast when we walked in, and when I told the manager we were a group of 7, they cleaned off the table and set everything up right away. I had a wild mushroom omelet that had a delicious pesto sauce on top, and it came with a small side salad and 2 slices of their freshly baked bread. It was a bit on the pricy side, but I was very full at the end. One of my girlfriends ordered their Belgium waffle, but it was so TINY! Don't order the Belgium if you're actually hungry! By the looks of their pastries and breads, it seems like that's the reason most people come here. I'd like to come back sometime and try a chocolate croissant!
These are the best tamales! Moist, delicious. I am 52 years old, and I can remember when we were kids my mom telling my dad, " only get the tamales from La Mascota"! My mom is a great cook; she always would tell us she knows how to make tamales from scratch. But when we would ask her to make some, she would say, "we'll just buy them from La Mascota". They are that good. When our relatives come from Mexico, they feast on tamales from La Moscota. Be warned; during the Holidays get there early. I get there at 5:30 AM and have to wait in line. Get there after 4 PM and you may find that they have sold out.
I have tried the most well known famous cupcake "joints" in town and they are just filled with a sack of C&H sugar with food coloring. This bakery takes the time to make their cupcakes in small batches with lots of love. My favorite is the red velet! They are worth the drive and parking has never been a problem for me. I will drive around until a spot opens up because these are the only cupcakes I ever want to eat or give away as a gift. They are simple, fresh and beautifully presented. I always feel great after having one of their cupcakes and it always brightens my day or night!!!