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

Melting Pot Food 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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Laguna Niguel, California
"Great tour by Lisa"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 04, 2018
As a native Angeleno myself, I was so impressed with Lisa’s knowledge of Farmer’s Market. Such fascinating info and yummy food. My six friends and I had a blast. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves hometown history and eating. Thank you, Lisa and Melting Pot Tours. Looking forward to the Old Pasadena tour with Kathy.
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Huntington Beach, California
"East LA Latin Flavors"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2018
Excellent food. And the guides were fantastic. They had many fun facts about the places we visited as well as the area of LA we were touring.
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Susan A
Encino, CA
"Behind the scene tour of La Espanola Meats, a manufacturing plant where they make outstanding traditional Spanish charcu"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2018
My friend an I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and lunch in the patio that included tapas, paella, wine & dessert as well as soft drinks and water. We were also able to bring our own olive oil bottles to be filled, and we were able to shop for Spanish foods & products. The owner of La Espanola Meats was very interesting and personable.
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Cheryl K
"La Espanola - Harbor City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018
Excellent tour of meat processing facility, followed by delicious lunch of authentic Spanish food & option to shop in unique market. Many products imported from Europe. Alex of La Espanola & Diane from Melting Pot Food Tours are personable and customer service oriented.
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"Old Pasadena Melting Pot Food Tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018
This all started with three childhood friends wanting to get together for a fun weekend. We found out about the tour through Westways magazine. OMG, if you want an eclectic and fun adventure, look no further! Barbara, our tour guide, was phenomenal in every way. She was very welcoming and made the tour very enjoyable and a whole lot of fun! Her knowledge of Old Pasadena history was very extensive, as well as her detailed knowledge about each business we visited. We loved the tour's focus on and support of small, independent, family-owned businesses. Besides the great restaurants, the tour also featured shops specailizing in: wine, soapmaking, tea, handmade ice cream, and olive oil and vinegar. The food portions were very generous and discounts were offered at most of the shops. I can't say enough good things about this tour. We'll definately be spreading the word! Thank you Barbara for helping three lifelong friends create some special memories--you rock! (lol).
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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.