East LA Latin Flavors Food & Culture Tour in Los Angeles, CA

Melting Pot Tours210 S Indiana StreetLos Angeles, CA 90063
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East Los Angeles is home to rich Latin culture and cuisine. Bypass downtown LA and head east for delicious food, intriguing history, and more. This tour provides guests with an inside look at East LA’s Latin culture and culinary scene with stops at a tortilla factory, Mariachi Plaza, and the Mercadito. From tres leches cake to goat and pupusa, you’ll have a mouth-watering time.


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Travel off the beaten path to the Latin-American core of Los Angeles! On this tour we explore the heart of East L.A. and Boyle Heights where the most sought-after tortillerias, birrierias, and tamale kitchens in the city are found. Featured tastes are foods perhaps typically expected – yet extraordinarily prepared - from time-honored family recipes which when combined with the warmth and hospitality of the restaurateurs yield a truly unforgettable experience. Be inspired by stories of courage and fortitude from the owners and merchants encountered along the way, and discover the ease and convenience of riding between tour stops in the safe comfort of Metro Gold Line trains. Starting with the first tasting, guests are treated to traditional handmade foods, some of which originated south of our border over 100 years ago! Foods tasted may be typically expected, yet are extraordinarily prepared. The tour concludes back at our original starting point.

On this tour, you will:
Visit LA's first tortilla factory
Taste time-honored family recipes
Visit a nationally-renowned tamale restaurant
Visit LA's first birrieria
Hear stories of courageous spirit, community, and family loyalty from local merchants
Visit a health-conscious pupuseria
Visit a modest family bakery known for their famous Tres Leches Cake

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Waynesville, North Carolina
"Farmers Market in Los Angeles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2017 NEW
Andrew gave us a history of the site originally used as a dairy farm and the transition to a Farmer's Market in the 1930's. It speaks for itself that the concept and all the mini-businesses involved are still thriving. Wonderful tasting experience and exposure to the highlights of the market. Add it to your LA itinerary!
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Merl R
Bakersfield, California
"Farmer's Market is a lot more than a market<>its history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2017 NEW
Our farmers market tour was led by Andrew. He is an exceptionally articulate, knowledgeable and charismatic guide. The history/stories of the market are great. The food sampling is even greater! We intend to try one (or more) of the other melting pot tours
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Buena Park, California
"Spanish/European products!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
This was a tour of La Espanola Meats in Harbor City. This is a "mom and pop" size company, but they do business that far exceeds their size! It is a tour of their meat plant and their market. Diane was our Melting Pot guide, but Alex, the son-in-law of the originators of this plant/market, was the one who showed us around the plant. It was a very interesting tour through the room with all the machinery to prepare the meats, the cooking room, a number of drying rooms (What a delicious aroma!!), and the packing room. All along the way, Alex presented a lot of information and anecdotes about the family and the business. The market contains an array of imported Spanish products. Then we enjoyed an appetizer charcuterie plate of olives, garlic, cheese and four different salamis. After that came a freshly prepared paella! Two wines were included as part of the lunch, as well as soft drinks and water. It was a great time! Did I mention Iberico Ham? I have always wanted to try it but did not want to go to Europe, nor buy a whole leg to do that! I was able to purchase a small package of it to take home! A very wonderful day with my wife!
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"La Española Meats tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2017 NEW
Diane and Alex did a great job, loved the tour. The market is fantastic with many exciting and different foods. The Paella lunch was incredible!!
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David A
Ridgecrest, California
"Old Pasadena food tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2017 NEW
This Tour was not only educational but it was visually stimulating to the eyes the architecture was outstanding all the food was delicious and Barbra are Tour guide wasn't merely reading from a script she really knew her stuff and was truly passionate about it and that was the best part of all would recommend it to everybody I know
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Frequently Asked Questions about East LA Latin Flavors Food and Culture Tour

Is parking included in the tour price?
Parking is free of charge in the parking lot of the Metro Gold Line station where the tour begins. There is plenty of parking available for guests.

Is gratuity included in the tour price?
No. However, a 15-20% tip is considered standard and is greatly appreciated, especially if you had a wonderful time!

Where do I meet for the tour?

The tour begins at the Indiana Metro Gold Line Station (Los Angeles, CA 90063). Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.

What should I wear and bring for the tour?
We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and dressing appropriately for the day’s weather forecast. Be sure to bring the following items as well:

  • Money
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled Water, if desired

Can children come along on the tour?
Absolutely. Infants or young children under the age of 5 do not need tickets if they will not be participating in the food tastings. Children ages 5-12 or those participating in the tastings require a child’s ticket offered at a reduced price.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Yes. For the best possible experience, we ask that guests notify us if they or a member of their group requires the use of a wheelchair. Advance notice allows us to ensure that the group stays together at all points in the tour.

Does the tour still operate if it rains?
Yes. Tours are offered rain or shine. In the rare chance of heavy rain, flooding, or other bad weather, guests will be notified of the tour cancellation and given the option to reschedule.

How many stops are on the tour?
Tours stop anywhere from 6-8 times throughout the experience. Each stop offers guests the chance to sample a new type of food.

I have dietary restrictions/allergies. Can I still participate in the tour?
Yes. If given advance notice, we can accommodate your individual dietary restrictions/allergies throughout the tour.