Guided Tour of L.A.’s Latin Food

Melting Pot Food Tours has added another itinerary to their roster of guided face-stuffing excursions. In addition to food-focused journeys through the Original Farmer’s Market and Old Pasadena (this one’s weird, right? Do you think they actually go to the Melting Pot?), sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia are now offering an “L.A. Latin Spice” tour, which takes tourists through a slew of East L.A.’s iconic restaurants.  

So, what’s on the agenda? A tortilla factory, a tamale restaurant (Tamales Lilianas), L.A.’s first birrieria (Birrieria Jalisco), a “health-conscious pupuseria” (?) and a “contemporary Latina café.” (What do you think? Rivera? Red O? Um, Senor Fish?)

Of course, those are just the stops. Also listed on the itinerary is tasting “time-honored family recipes” and hearing “stories of courageous spirit, community, and family loyalty from local merchants.”

Props to the company for utilizing the Gold Line to get around town. Prices are reasonable too—a full four hours of facts, food, and transportation is just $59 (kids 12 and under are $30, seniors 62+ are $55).  The spicy new tour launched last week and continues Fridays and Saturdays throughout April and May. Visit for tickets.
Or if you’re feeling more DIY, this works too.