LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After all those presents are opened on Christmas Day, attention turns to the traditional Christmas feast.
But in a town like Los Angeles, traditions can be very diverse.
Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, Du-par’s in Studio City is offering some holiday favorites.
The restaurant will sell more than 1,000 pies this week alone, and another 1,000 between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
And every worker is hustling at L.A.’s tamalerias, like La Doña in Compton.
The restaurant brought in 96,000 ears of corn and extra staff to handle the crowds.
“Anywhere from 200-300 people waiting in line. Anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours waiting for these tamales,” La Doña spokesperson Edgar Perez said.
Perez estimates the eatery will sell 15,000-18,000 tamales on Christmas Eve.
“Togetherness, especially with the families making of the tamales together. I think that really… gives it the holiday spirit,” customer Nicole Do said.
Across the city, at Maison Richard on Melrose, the bakery’s Huguette Coffyn said her most popular request this time of year is for their bûche de Noëls.
“Nobody misses a Christmas log for Christmas,” Coffyn insisted.
Customer Frederique Haustet agrees.
“Without a bouche you do not celebrate Christmas,” she said.
Coffyn estimates 200 bûche de Noëls will be sold in the next two days.