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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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Pasadena, California
"Old Pasadena Food Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
I was very disappointed in the food. I felt the food stops were average at best. The tour was too long - over three hours. The food at the first two stops was handed to us - no plates - no utensils - with a napkin. At the fourth restaurant we stood on the sidewalk and was handed empanadas stuffed with meat and a thick chocolate drink. The combination was not good and standing on a busy sidewalk was not ideal. It was very difficult to judge the quality of the food while dodging pedestrians. I guess I should be thankful that I've learned where not to go for food in Pasadena. I typically enjoy food tours but this one was a dud.
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Los Angeles, California
"Very good"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2017 NEW
This place has a lot to see and lot shop to eat different food for all age is cruded and a lot of tourists
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Karena S
Los Angeles, California
"Great Food Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2017 NEW
Great adventure for foodies to try different type of foods. The stalls cover wide range to type. Bob Donuts is a must especially early in the morning for fresh donuts and coffee. Another must a french crepe whether savory or sweet with fresh strawberries. After the food adventure, take a short walk to check out all the shops. This place a huge American Girls store which a hit for every little girls. There are also fine restaurants that cater to finer taste buds.
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"Fun tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 31, 2017 NEW
Great introduction to the LA Farmers Market. It was an easy way to sample food from several stalls--my family ended up returning to several places for additional purchases. The history about the generations of families that worked at the market was interesting. There was more talking than I've experienced on other food tours but I just tuned out the hosts when it became too much for me. Overall, a fun tour!
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Kari K
Simi Valley
"Delicious & entertaining!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2017
Stuffed! Amazing tour starting with doughnuts, ending with ice cream! The LA history of such an iconic place can be nothing but entertaining. Fruit, tacos, falafel, peanut butter, brazilian bbq, toffee, & French cheeses filled us up happily! My 12 year old kids loved it! Great for the entire family. Thanks Andrew for being the best tour guide! #andrewisamazing #LAfarmersmarket #meltingpotfoodtours
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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.