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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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Colleen K
Simi Valley, California
"Eat your way thru an LA landmark"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
Thanks to out of town guests and some LA research I came upon Melting Pot Tours. We spent 2 1/2 great hours walking and eating our way through the historically rich LA Farmers Market. Our guide knew all the interesting history and most everyone at the market. We got nice size samples of so many amazing food stands. Enjoyed it so much we went back 3 days later to eat again. Great fun for a group of friends, family or out of town guests.
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"Great guide, interesting history, fabulous food!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2017 NEW
What an informative, fun tour! I learned even more about Pasadena history and I loved the interesting stories about the families who own the amazing restaurants in Old Pasadena. The food was delicious and filling - don't eat breakfast!
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Stu Y
Aiea, Hawaii
"So much more than just a food tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2017
I picked this tour because it focused on a part of Los Angeles that we had never really explored when we lived in southern California over 30 years ago. As it turned out, the two other groups joining the tour were current southern Cal residents who were also unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Our guide, Andrew Carter, was a pro, having done a lot of his own research, and sharing a wealth of history on the neighborhood and the restaurants that we visited. All of the tastings were delicious and none overly spicy. Like a lot of the other reviews, I would recommend eating a very light breakfast to leave plenty of room to fully enjoy the tour. It was also great that Andrew provided a handout with all of the locations we visited so that we might come back later. Andrew was also generous in sharing with me a number of other places to explore on our own throughout Los Angeles. Andrew you are a rock star! Melting Pot Food Tours was a great way to explore Los Angeles and we will definitely be back to check out their other tours.
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Boynton Beach, Florida
"Amazing Food Tour at The Original Farmer's Market"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2017
I have done a food tours throughout the US and Europe. Melting Pot Tours does an amazing job. Andrew, our tour guide, was terrific. Extremely knowledgeable about the Farmer's Market, he recounted the history of each food stop in a captivating and humorous fashion. I truly understood the importance of the Market and how it evolved over the years. As good as Andrew was, he never overshadowed the true purpose of the tour-the food. At first glance the market appears to be a glorified food court but Andrew and the team at Melting Pot Tours guided us to the must stop places at the market. From coffee, donuts, cheese, organic fruit, Brazilian steak, sausage, chicken, tacos, and finally ice cream, no one went hungry. This food tour ranks as one of the best I've taken due to the food, guide, and clear respect they have for the location. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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Kendall T
Los Angeles, California
"Always a great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017
I organized a tour for my colleagues as a bonding experience both this year and last year. They loved it so much that many who had done it already signed up again! It's so fun to learn the history of the area while tasting different foods along the way. Would definitely recommend!
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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.