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

210 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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"Little India: a cultural and epicurean walking tour."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 24, 2017 NEW
I had been wanting to visit this area for several years. Now, with a native Pakistani as our guide, that was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend this tour to Indian culture and food lovers, and to folks that are curious about the culture, and have not had such an experience.
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Los Angeles, California
"Little India"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 18, 2017 NEW
I recently participated in the tour of Little India in the City of Artesia, CA and had a great time. This was actually a test tour since it isn't currently offered by Melting Pot so when I got the email, I tried to get a spot. As this was a test tour, we had the pleasure of having Diane and her sister, Lisa also join the tour and I had a great time. Farhana, our tour leader was knowledgeable, professional and fun to be around. Lunch was offered and I liked it a lot. This is my second tour with Melting Pot and I've had a great time every time. It's fun to feel like a tourist in your own city...so many different cultures in LA that there's always something new to learn.
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Sao Paulo, SP
"Amazing talk, incredible tastings"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2017
Our guide Andrew was very knowledgeable and really nice. Farmers Market would not be the same for us without this tour!
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Eugene S
"Thai Town Food Tour with Chef Jet Tila"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017
I'd say today was a very special day. From Ruen Pair to Sapp Coffee Shop (btw, it's not really a coffee shop-Jade Noodle is a must try) to BangLuck Market to Hollywood Restaurant and Bar to Bhan Kanom Thai-(The Original Thai Desserts). It was a perfect balance of trying some amazing dishes, to great and insightful conversation to learning some inside secrets of the renown Thai Town. As far as Jet Tila, he is truly an awesome person and an awesome human being. It was definitely a pleasure to get to know him a little and have an opportunity to do some small talk and get an inside track and tips and tricks on how to prepare some of my favorite Thai dishes. Oh yeah, and Jet drives a Tesla (Jet Black) which makes the whole things so much more awesome. The organization of the tour was spot on. Andy who was our tour MC has a true passion for culinary arts and did an amazing job making everyone feel welcome and providing some of his insight on things. Truly an incredible experience and highly recommended.
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Thousand Oaks, California
"La Espanola Meats"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 30, 2017
This is a great and informative tour done by Alex. Followed by wonderful meats, cheeses and of course their signature dish, paella. Served with wine to share among the new friends we meet on the tour. Great time!
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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.