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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    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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    Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

    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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    Taco Tour

    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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    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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    Old Pasadena Walking Food Tour

    Old Pasadena, best known for the Tournament of Roses Parade, elegant architecture and cultural landmarks, is also a place for exceptional and diverse dining. On this food walking tour, a local, knowledgeable guide will lead you on a delightful epicurean stroll through the hidden alleyways and charming courtyards of this US Historic District.  You’ll enjoy 10 tasting stops, ranging from Middle Eastern falafel and Asian fusion stir-fry to California olive oil, authentic Peruvian stew, and Italian gelato.

    Your guide will keep you entertained between tasting stops with engaging stories of how Old Pasadena transitioned from the center of town to the local skid row to the one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the country. You'll never think of Pasadena as simply the home of the Rose Parade again!

    Note: The tour is an easy 1.25-mile (approximately 2-km) walk in a loop with no hills, inclines or stairs. The exact departure location will be provided upon booking.
    Old Pasadena Walking Food Tour

    Old Pasadena, Pasadena

    • Set off on a fun tour that is perfect for both the budding epicurean and the life-long foodie
    • Stroll through the historic district of Old Pasadena and admire its beautiful architecture and cultural landmarks
    • Receive personalized attention from a local foodie
    • Enjoy eight to ten tastings of local and ethnic cuisines
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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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    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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    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour

    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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