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

    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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    Old Pasadena Walking Food Tour

    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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    Sunday Funday Pub Crawl (Lower Level)

    Who says all your weekend fun has to happen on Friday and Saturday? Sunday gets a whole new look with this coastal pub crawl! You'll visit four popular Irish pubs in Long Beach during this fun social event, traveling in style aboard a double-decker bus. At each stop you visit, you'll receive happy hour discounts, and included appetizers at three venues. This is a great opportunity to let loose with friends, and make some new acquaintances in the process! Bottom's up!
    Sunday Funday Pub Crawl (Lower Level)

    6575 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach

    • Treat yourself to a Sunday pub crawl featuring transportation aboard a double-decker bus
    • Visit four Irish pubs in Long Beach and enjoy happy hour discounts at each
    • Scarf down buffet-style appetizers at three venues
    • Relax with friends and meet new ones during a fun, social event
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    Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture Tour

    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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    Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour

    Do you enjoy food and booze 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 reading this may make you 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. Enjoy samples of local beers, wines, and spirits from Santa Barbara's only distillery as well! Yum! You won't leave empty handed either! Throughout your tour, you will be taught some useful tips on how to take the best food pictures, so bring along your iPhone or prized DSLR camera. Delicious tacos may last only a few minutes, but the knowledge you'll gain on this tour will last much longer. Cheers!
    Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour

    225 State Street, Santa Barbara

    • Take part in a 3-hour walking tour around Santa Barbara to taste some of the area's best cuisine
    • Sample some fresh local food and wash it down with beer, wine, or spirits
    • Get tips on how to take awesome photos of your food
    • Step up your Instagram game
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    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour - Non-drinker

    For those looking for a sweet wine country tour, this one really takes the cake. During this full day of fun, you'll be travel from Santa Barbara into wine country by van, where you'll visit several of Santa Ynez's top wineries based in either Solvang or Los Olivos. While there, you'll have the opportunity to partake in a delicious, wine-infused cupcake tasting, with such flavors as Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay or Chocolate Blackberry Syrah on the menu. You'll also enjoy a scenic picnic lunch at one of the wineries you visit, and have the opportunity to tour the facilities, and meet the staff! Did we mention there's cupcakes?
    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour - Non-drinker

    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 and techniques
    • 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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    Farmers Market Food & History Tour

    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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    Dinner Cruise

    When the sun goes down, the simple scenery of the harbors illuminate setting the backdrop for your Los Angeles dinner cruise. Cast off with a glass of champagne in hand. Take to your private table and indulge in four courses of delicious food freshly prepared by the onboard chefs. After dinner, dance to live or DJ musical entertainment or simply take in the breathtaking views from the outdoor decks.
    Dinner Cruise

    Marina Del Rey, Newport Beach

    • Enjoy a 4-course dinner with locally sourced ingredients prepared fresh on board the cruise
    • Admire the brilliant views from the outdoor decks
    • Dance the night away to live entertainment
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    Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

    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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    Group Sunset Dinner Cruise (3-6 people)

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    A sunset dinner cruise for a small group of friends? That yacht to be quite a treat! During this unique sailing experience, you're welcome to bring aboard all the food and beverages you desire to plan a small dinner party aboard a 36' yacht. On board, you'll have use of its accoutrements, such as dishes and utensils you need to supplement your dinner. Your personal captain for the evening will set the backdrop, either a harbor tour of Marina Del Rey or a sunset sail on Santa Monica Bay. The former is the largest man-made marina in the world, a celebrity playground, and houses over 6,000 yachts, while the latter will let you cruise at full sail, reaching speeds of up to 7 knots. Either way, this experience will surely float your boat!
    Group Sunset Dinner Cruise (3-6 people)

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

    • Treat your group of 3 to 6 people to a sunset cruise on a 36' yacht
    • Bring aboard all the food and drinks you desire for a romantic dinner
    • Choose between a tour of Marina Del Rey or a sail across Santa Monica Bay at sunset
    • Enjoy a luxurious, romantic, and delicious sailing experience
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