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We asked these tour guides for the best restaurants and bars in LA

March 14, 2016

Straight from the source! These guys make it their job to know what's hot in LA, and we trust that they'll have some of the best recomendations when it comes to all things local. Read on to discover their top picks!

 

 

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    East LA Latin Flavors Tour

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    Most visitors who tour Los Angeles head straight for the main attractions, the downside of which being that so many miss out on the wonderfully rich culture and street life happening in East LA! Take the chance to veer slightly off the beaten track with this exciting East LA Latin Flavors Food and Culture Tour. Start the day with coffee and a piece of the finest tres leches cake in all of East LA before discovering the most amazing freshly hand-made Tamales. Visit the bustling Mercadito for more tastings before exploring a real-deal Tortilla factory to try all kinds of salsa and guacamole dips and other delicacies. Take a short ride on the Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza for a sumptuous lunch of mouth-watering Goat and Pupusa, and end on a sweet note with fabulous iced Mexican Chocolate and bakery fresh pan dulce. All of these glorious foods are prepared from time-honored family recipes and served with the true warmth and hospitality you'll come to associate with Latin Culture. For visitors and natives alike, this tour is truly an LA experience you won't want to miss out on!
    East LA Latin Flavors Tour

    3545 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles

    • Taste your way through the many eateries of East LA
    • Follow your local guide to experience the warmth and hospitality of Latin culture
    • Sample a variety of guacamoles and salsas and indulge in a sumptuous lunch
    • End on a sweet note with fabulous iced Mexican Chocolate
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    9 positive reviews
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    Taco Tour

    (28)
    The only time you shouldn't feel guilty about eating too many tacos is on THIS tour. Why? Because you'll be pedaling off the calories and the impending food coma over nine miles of deliciousness. During this 2 to 3-hour tour, you'll ride through different neighborhoods and historic sites in search of LA's most popular on-the-go food... tacos! Get pumped to visit an impressive array of LA's best taco stands and trucks! You'll visit well-known locations as well as hidden gems. Your taste buds will thank you!
    Taco Tour

    Downtown Los Angles, Los Angeles

    • Indulge your taste buds on a bicycle tour of LA's best taco spots
    • Sample a variety of delicious tacos at stands and trucks that are often overlooked
    • Ride through different neighborhoods and past historic sites
    • Feel like a local as you experience one of LA's most popular on-the-go foods
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    28 positive reviews
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    Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture Tour

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    Why order take-out when you can stroll straight into the meat of the menu: the culture itself. On this tour, you'll venture off the beaten path and into some of Los Angeles most diverse enclaves, where you'll find some of the city's best and ethnic cuisine. You'll enjoy unique and delicious tastings in markets, restaurants, bakeries, and hole-in-the-wall eateries. You'll even get a taste of real life in East Hollywood with a bus ride between neighborhoods. During the course of this tour you'll enjoy enough food for a whole meal, so come with an appetite.
    Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture Tour

    3355 Wilshire Blvd, Hollywood

    • Taste sweet and savory treats from Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town
    • Venture into little known gems like Korean karaoke bars and Thai spirit houses
    • Visit traditional snack shops and ethnic markets
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    7 positive reviews
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    Old Pasadena Walking Food Tour

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    Experience the history, architecture and folklore of Old Pasadena on this expertly guided walking food tour! Explore a myriad of colorful alleys and secret thru-ways as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweetstuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Listen to your guide share fascinating stories as you explore this historic district, which was once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves. Stop in at cafes and restaurants specializing in cuisines from around the world, including Middle Eastern, Asian, Peruvian, Oaxacan, and even an authentic Italian gelato counter. Relax at a tranquil tea bar and shop filled with teas from around the world and end on a sweet note at the shop of an exquisite chocolatier. This probably goes without saying, but make sure you come hungry!
    Old Pasadena Walking Food Tour

    Raymond Ave & E Holly St, Pasadena

    • Taste your way through the many eateries of Old Pasadena
    • Sample bites from around the globe, including the Middle East, Asia, Mexico, and South America
    • Satisfy your sweet tooth with some Italian gelato and treats from a gourmet chocolatier
    • Follow your local guide down hidden alleys to see neighborhood gems
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    8 positive reviews
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    Farmers Market Food & History Tour

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    Experience LA's Original Farmers Market, a landmark unlike any other in southern California, on an entertaining, informative and delicious guided walking food tour! This epicurean 2.5 hour stroll will introduce you to the Market's fascinating history as well as the interesting stories of the families who have been part of this landmark location since its beginnings in 1934. Explore the area that artisan butchers, bakers and candymakers, an international spice merchant endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, and even local celebrity chefs are all proud to call their stomping grounds. Seek out spectacular ethnic eateries to indulge in cuisines from around the world, which may include French, Brazilian, Cajun, Middle Eastern, and Spanish. After sampling pizza from L.A.'s first pizzeria, trying donuts from a stand rated one of the best in the country, and ending on a sweet note with some handmade candy, you'll begin to understand why locals consider this the best restaurant and grocery store in town. This probably goes without saying, but make sure you come hungry!
    Farmers Market Food & History Tour

    6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles

    • Taste your way through the many eateries of the famous Original Farmer's Market
    • Indulge in cuisine from around the globe, including the Middle East, Spain, Brazil, and France
    • Enjoy pizza from L.A.'s first pizzeria and sample donuts from a stand rated one of the best in the country
    • Follow your local guide down hidden alleys to see neighborhood gems
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    7 positive reviews
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    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour

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    For those looking for a sweet wine country tour, this one really takes the cake! This wine tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Some of their biggest hits include Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay and Chocolate Blackberry Syrah. After being picked up in a shuttle in the morning, you'll preview the day and head up to Santa Ynez Valley. Once there, you will enjoy wine tastings at some of the areas best wineries. You will visit beautiful Los Olivos and enjoy an incredible cupcake while your guides cover local human history and insight into the wine region. Lunch will be served in the shade at a favorite winery. Your guides will prepare an enjoyable deli lunch. Each winery has its unique vintages and award winning selections. Winery staff offer insight into specific blends and selections, and several wineries extend discounts on wine purchases to our guests. The first of its kind, this wine tour has been featured on NBC LA, NBC San Diego, All Things Cupcake and Evelyn Kanter's Car & Travel. Did we mention there's cupcakes?
    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Tour the beautiful Santa Barbara wine country by van during a guided tour
    • Visit several wineries for an inside look at their operations, techniques, and tastings
    • Enjoy delicious wine-infused cupcakes and a picnic lunch
    • Treat yourself to a relaxing adventure while learning about the area's wine culture and history
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    148 positive reviews
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    Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour (Non-Drinker)

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    Do you enjoy food so much that you often find yourself Instagramming your delicious dinner choices? Do you take capturing your indulgent moments very seriously? We hope you're not hungry right now, because if you are you may begin to salivate out of desire. On this tour, you'll walk through the historic waterfront and sample delicious food including fresh seafood, artisan flatbread, zesty tacos, and irresistible sweets. Yum! You won't leave empty handed either! Throughout your tour, you will be taught useful tips on how to take the best food pictures, so bring along your iPhone or prized DSLR camera. The delicious tacos may only last a few minutes, but the knowledge you'll gain on this tour will last much longer. Bon appétit!
    Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour (Non-Drinker)

    225 State Street, Santa Barbara

    • Take a 3-hour walking tour around Santa Barbara to taste some of the area's best cuisine
    • Sample fresh local food as you get tips on how to take the best food photos
    • Satisfy your hunger as you munch on some of the most delicious food in Santa Barbara
    • Step up your Instagram game
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    31 positive reviews
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    Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

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    Like your culture with a side of pastry? Eat your way through Downtown Santa Barbara during this scrumptious walking tour! You'll be in the capable hands of a knowledgeable local guide and fellow foodie who will introduce you to some popular eateries and hidden gems on a leisurely stroll through the city. Along the way, you'll also get to know a bit about the history of Santa Barbara though some of its landmarks while you also see firsthand the intriguing present of this bustling city. Tour stops can include some of these local loves: Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro, Santa Barbara Public Market, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, Isabella's Gourmet Foods, Cebada Winery, Cielito Restaurant, Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria, C'est Cheese, and McConnell's Fine Ice Creams. All you need to bring is an appetite to learn...and maybe a bit of money for souvenirs!
    Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

    1324 State St, Santa Barbara

    • Discover Downtown Santa Barbara on an eclectic and informative food-tasting tour
    • Fill up on savory and sweet food samples at some of the area's top local hangouts
    • Enhance the fun with stories and fun tidbits about the area as told by your friendly guide
    • Find your new favorite spot in this exciting city that you'll want to visit again and again
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    7 positive reviews
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    Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

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    Stroll through downtown Avalon like a local and savor the flavors that the Catalina Island offers. Encounter cultural, architectural and historical insights while tasting a variety of flavors from restaurants & unique eateries by the bay. All of these locations feature various critically acclaimed entrees, desserts and beverages for you to indulge. As you snack, your knowledgeable, spirited guide will provide insights into the food being served, the history behind the people who prepared it, and the eatery you are visiting. You will encounter the sights, sounds and stories behind well known historical landmarks, in addition to discovering hidden gems of this enchanting isle's continuing saga. Tasting locations may include: Steve's Steakhouse, Maggie's Blue Rose, Mr. Ning's Chinese Garden, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co., Bluewater Avalon, and C.C. Gallagher's. Alternate tasting locations may include Avalon Seafood, The Lobster Trap, and Coyote Joe's. This pleasurable foodie experience will be the highlight of your time spent on Catalina Island!
    Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

    Crescent Ave, Avalon

    • Enjoy a fascinating culinary and cultural tour of Avalon
    • Stop at 6 different restaurants and specialty food shops
    • Sample critically acclaimed entrees, desserts, and drinks
    • Learn about the culture and history of Catalina Island
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    6 positive reviews
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    Latin Food and Culture Walking Tour

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    Travel off the beaten path to neighborhoods of Los Angeles that most visitors (and even many locals) never explore - East LA and Boyle Heights. Your Latin food walking tour begins in downtown Los Angeles with a visit to Homegirl Café, part of Homeboy Industries youth program, which provides at-risk youth with safe places to work. This heartwarming experience sets the pace for the rest of your excursion, which takes you to the east side of Los Angeles via the Metro Gold Line light rail.

    Tour the first tortilla factory in the city, dine at a renowned and remarkable tamale kitchen, and explore a spectacular three-story Latin American mercado (market) brimming with curio shops, food stands, and mariachi showrooms. Then it's on to Mariachi Plaza, where you will feast upon birria (a spicy Mexican meat stew), healthy pupusas (a Salvadorian specialty) and Mexican pastries.

    Your tastings on the tour include traditional foods that are wonderfully prepared from time-honored family recipes. Your friendly and knowledgeable local tour guide will entertain you between stops with stories of East LA's and Boyle Heights' colorful and surprising history, and local customs and traditions.
    Latin Food and Culture Walking Tour

    Chinatown Metrorail Station, Los Angeles

    • Explore the neighborhoods of East LA and Boyle Heights
    • Experience a one-of-a-kind cultural experience, and shop at local markets for Latin specialties such as tamales and tortillas
    • Enjoy traditionally prepared Latin flavors at local hotspots like Mariachi Plaza
    • Tour the very first tortilla factory in Los Angeles
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    7 positive reviews

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