Amalia’s Restaurant is a family owned restaurant which first opened in 1994 on Beverly Blvd and Occidental Blvd. Based on its popularity it expanded into a larger location where it is currently on Beverly Blvd and Normandie Blvd in Koreatown. The restaurant is named for its original owner Amalia Del Cid who immigrated with her daughters from Guatemala. One of her daughters and current owner Milbet who took over the restaurant with her sister in 2010, remembers that even when they were in Guatemala, her mother was known for her cooking.
In Guatemala, Amalia’s family always sold to food to locals. When they came to Los Angeles, they continued to do the same by delivering food to peoples’ homes. The cooking has always had a home-made feel with their handmade tortillas, and traditional dishes like Pepian, a chicken in rich soup, and hilachas, shredded beef in tomato sauce. Many of their customers are Guatemalan, but they also serve other Central Americans and others too. Some of the families that have worked with them have been there from the beginning and across generations as well. Milbet sees Amalia’s as a true gathering place and is proud of her mother for bringing authentic Guatemalan food to Los Angeles.
We truly believe our food is so good. We make it with so much love. We put our heart and whole self into the food. We can bring it to the customers because our culture is so delicious! Milbet del Cid, Owner