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

210 S Indiana StreetLos Angeles, CA 90063
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Overview

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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from East LA Latin Flavors Food and Culture Tour
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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Carylgb2020
Morgan Hill, California
"Old Farmer’s Market a must see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 09, 2018 NEW
We toured the Farmer’s Market with Diane. We arrived as the market was opening and sampled donuts and coffee from Bob’s. Delicious! We also sampled pizza, cheese, olives, fresh fruit and sandwiches. So much food!! The market does offer fresh produce, meats, cheese, seafood as you would imagine but it is so much more. There are small restaurants as well as food kiosks and tables and chairs to sit and enjoy whatever you have purchased. The Grove has additional shopping , a book store, a cinema, restaurants and a short trolley ride for those with children. There is parking nearby but it fills up quickly, valet parking is also available. Diane was a terrific guide, we highly recommend her tours!
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LGBATMAZ
TUSTIN, CA
"Little India Food & Culture Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
EXCELLENT POINTS: -- Meeting place was very easy to find, as the building is easily seen from the street -- Plenty of parking space in the meeting place -- Every stop on the tour gave us well-selected and nicely-packaged gifts -- The business owners at every stop personally met with our tour group and provided us with additional tidbits. -- Buffet at "Ashoka the Great" catered to both vegetarians and otherwise, with wide selection of entrees. Plenty of desserts to choose from gave us excellent sampling of typical Indian desserts. -- Water bottles handed out at the final stop were perfect for the sunny day. -- We spent sufficient time at each stop, enough to give the tour participant an idea of the stop's points-of-interest, for post-tour revisit. -- Chef Farhana is an excellent, very knowledgeable tour guide. She did thorough research of Little India in order to put together the contents of the tour. SUGGESTIONS: -- Tour was 3.5 hours; suggest to extend it to 4-4.5 hours to include 2 more non-food stops. There are a number of excellent clothing boutiques that would not be visited by those unfamiliar with Little India. -- Start the tour with a sampling of Chai Tea for the tour participants on the first stop. -- This would be a real bonus, but if at all possible, include a Sari fitting demo, to show the intricacies of this activity.
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Melinda346
Los Angeles, California
"La Espanola Meats is fabulous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
Went on the La Espanola Market tour in Harbor City this past weekend and it was so interesting. Who knew all the things involved in making Spanish sausage and chorizo. Alex, owner, took us through the steps and showed us all the equipment necessary to make the sausages. They are the supplier to many Spanish markets and restaurants all over Los Angeles and even export overseas. The lunch after the tour was wonderful. The paella was the star of it . Found a new wine I truly enjoy - Albarino. Highly recommend this tour
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Sonya S
"The reviews don't lie"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018
I first discovered Melting Pot Tours through their excellent reviews and was really intrigued. My first tour was the Farmer's Market tour (which was amazing), and since then I've also done the Pasadena Tour and the LA ESPAÑOLA Meats Tour. The owners (sisters Lisa and Diane) are some of the best people you'll ever meet (almost wrote 'meat' after temporarily re-living that last tour in my memory). They're truly passionate about what they do, they always seem to draw a really friendly and interesting crowd, and the result is an experience that's both educational and delicious. I'd highly recommend paying a visit to Melting Pot Tours if you have family in town, for a team building event or just for fun. I actually went to the Farmer's Market Tour by myself and it was really easy to make friends with the other tour guests. So whether you're living in LA or just visiting, these tours will really help you "get to know the city through the food that's served here" (paraphrasing/quoting Diane).
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padutchmom
"Fun way to learn about and experience the LA Farmers Market"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2018
We had a great time. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide, Andrew. Also, learning about the market history, sampling some of the foods, and enjoying the different people in our group.
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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.