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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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Monterey Park, California
"Great Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2017 NEW
Everything was great staring from the beginning through the end. Our group get to tried lots of great taste foods. We were s lucky to had great weather on that day and a group of great fun people. The tour guide Lisa made the tour very fun and very educational. I just loved it!
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Covina, California
"The best Spanish Paella EVER!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2017 NEW
I've been on their Old Pasadena tour and loved it so I decided to take this one too, so me and my niece went on Saturday and we really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Diane was very knowledgeable and shared the history of La Espanola Meats, and then introduced us to Alex, who is one of the owners. He went into detail about the family history, including how the family migrated to the USA more than 35 years ago. Then, Alex took us inside the factory for a "behind the scenes" tour of how they make their sausages and cured meats. We were surprised to learn that they make everything at this location. Following the tour we sat outside and they brought plates filled with their wonderful meats, marinated Spanish olives and cheeses, and then Alex brought us bottles red and white Spanish wines to sample. As if it couldn't get any better... they brought out a huge pan with home cooked Paella packed with seafood (green mussels, shrimp, squid, calamari) and red Spanish peppers that was OH SO GOOD! Then they brought out some handmade olive oil tortas, and finally some chocolate fig bon bons. Did I say they were amazing? The education alone was worth the price of the tour! But when you add on the amazing food, it's the best value EVER! Thank you Diane and Alex for a wonderful experience!
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Margie Y
Seattle, Washington
"First timer, loved!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2017 NEW
We were gifted this tour from a friend, which fits our theme of traveling foodies. It was great! We will now add food tours to out future city travel.
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San Diego, California
"Best Food Tour in Los Angeles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2017 NEW
April 7, 2017 When in Los Angeles, you've got to take the Farmers Market Tour-Melting Pot Food Tours. Cross your fingers and toes that Andrew will be your guide for the day. He is funny, personable, accommodating, knowledgeable, and just an all around great guy. The tour was 2.5 hours of walking, sitting, dining, listening, learning and constant, constant enjoyment. We had a group consisting of really nice people from Germany, Boston, and California. The walking is minimal but enough to work some of your calories off. You'll be so full at the end of the tour that you may contemplate turning away a bite or two...but don't even think about it. You will never know what you missed! Everything we tasted was wonderful. It was the kind of experience that you tell all of your friends about. Thanks Andrew! You made the tour perfect.
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Robin W
Santa Monica
"Thai town tour with Jet Tila "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2017 NEW
What a fantastic day in every way. Highly recommend this tour. Chef Tila is very informative and personable and just fun to be around. So many gems on the tour. Excellent and unique day.
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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.