LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — In East Los Angeles, residents know it’s Christmas Eve by the non-stop traffic outside Tamales Lilianas on Cesar Chavez Avenue.

Tamales Lilianas, famous for its Mexican food and especially its tamales, has seen a steady flow of people walking out in, then out its doors with two to five dozen tamales in bags or carrying a box for those with six to 10 dozen.

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One man who identified himself as Edgar waited outside in his SUV as other family members picked up his family’s order, KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports.

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“We go with the rajas, which are cheese and jalapeno or green pepper slices, or the red pork,” Edgar said.

Customers came in every type of vehicle, from pickup trucks to high-end BMWs and Mercedes, from all over Southern California, as far as Orange County.

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The rush at Tamales Lilianas is not expected to end until at least 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.