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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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Cheryl M
"Full of fun (literally and figuratively)"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2017 NEW
Andrew did a brilliant job of showcasing the Farmers Market, while providing us with tasty treats from a variety of stands. Learning about the history was a fascinating accompaniment to the food.
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Anne S
Lakewood, California
"Loved the La Espanola tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2017 NEW
What a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday! The tour of the sausage factory was very interesting. You get to learn how the packing, drying and aging process really works. Their meats are of very high quality and delicious. The Paella lunch afterwards was a highlight. Everything was delicious. Then we were able to shop in the store. Diane was very knowledgeable and helped us choose what we wanted to take home. I would definitely recommend this tour and plan to take others very soon!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Original Farmer's Market Food Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2017 NEW
The Original Farmers Market Food Tour added a nice blend of local history and savory eats. Our tour guide Andrew was knowledgeable and charismatic. We had a smaller group of 6 so made it intimate and more personable. The food stops hit a lot of the older and tastier food spots. We had a great morning and were quite full by the end, so come hungry.
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"Original Farmer's Market Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2017 NEW
We took the tour with a local couple we didn't know. We really enjoyed the experience! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot & all of the food we ate was great! Would love to bring something like this to Oklahoma!
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La Canada Flintridge, California
"Amazing Private Party Food Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 06, 2017 NEW
Just completed a private party walking food tour of Pasadena ~ at night for a 60th Birthday celebration. We absolutely LOVED this tour! Lisa was the best, the food on the tour was amazing, and we loved hearing about the art, history and architecture of Old Pasadena! (And we all live in the area and eat here all the time). Many new places to go back to now ! This was my 2nd tour with Melting Pot Food Tours....the LA Farmers Market tour is a MUST as well. This is a top quality company with premier customer service! LOVED everything....!!!
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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.