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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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Los Angeles, California
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2017 NEW
5 stars seriously.... I requested for a sign language interpreter for this tour, they were committed to ensure my accessibility as a top priority. They were able to secure two interpreters and made this experience an incredible way to start my life in LA.Gracias!
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Norwich, United Kingdom
"Single handed responsible for my repeat dreams about doughnuts!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2017 NEW
I did the Farmers Market tour with Andrew, and enjoyed every second of it. Had foods ranging from aforementioned doughnuts to toffee to churrasco to much more beside. A definite highlight of my recent visit to LA, and were I to return my 100% must do recommendation for anyone who fancies learning about LA and eating great food.
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Roberta E
"Fun, food tour in Pasadena"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2017 NEW
Loved every minute of the Melting Pot Food Tour in Pasadena. Tried all sorts of new food and learned about Pasadena. It was 3.5 hours long, but it didn't feel like it. My daughter is 7 months pregnant and comfortably walked the tour! I have Celiacs and can't eat gluten (wheat), and I had a delicious alternative at every stop. I highly recommend it.
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Jan S
Irvine, California, United States
"Food, History and Architecture!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2017 NEW
My 7 friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our food tour of Old Pasadena. The guide, food and information were just terrific! We love learning about the history of Pasadena, and all the fun little sights you would walk right on by if you don't take one of these tours. Being able to support the small, family owned restaurants is just a pleasure! The Melting Pot tour of the Farmers Market is also a winner!!
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"Loved this tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 05, 2017 NEW
Having grown up in the Los Angeles area and visiting the Farmers Market on numerous occasions, I had not known the remarkable history of it. This all changed with this tour. Our tour guide, Andrew Carter not only gave us a passionate historical background of the market and surrounding area, but took us to many food stops along the way within the market. We even got to meet "Bob" who owns the famous donut shop. It was a highlight of our visit. We look forward to taking another Melting Pot Tour in the future.
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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.