Went on this tour a few weeks ago with a friend. Some of the places she took us were great and I want to go back, but the tour was over 4 hours long and could have easily been 1 to 2 hours instead. I felt we wasted a great deal of time while we stood in front of the meat market or fruit stand in the Farmers Market and the host listed off prices for us (which sounded like an infomercial!) The host tells many stories, some of which are charming, but most of which just seem like filler. My friend and I found ourselves tuning her out and we missed the few good things she had to say because we were so bored early on.
Also, while walking down 3rd street we stopped at some great places (Joan's and the Chado tea room were our favs) but we took a detour to talk about real estate and neighborhood prices. Waste of time.
Additionally, I felt the $50/person was a little steep a price to pay since Melting Pot tours gets all the food we taste as free samples from the restaurants (which is GREAT advertising for them) and so they are making 100% profit. Good for them, but $100 (plus ticketing fee) was a bit expensive for what it was.
In conclusion, the places they take you are great, the food is great. The tour is a bit long-winded and boring. The price is, well, overpriced.
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August 25, 2011
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Our apologies for such a late reply to your review. We appreciate your feedback, and would like to take this opportunity to clarify the cost of the samples from the restaurants. While a couple of our vendors are generous enough to offer us these samples at no charge, we do pay for the majority of the tastings. We also often point out prices of items to dispel the myth that the Farmers Market and Los Angeles are unaffordable. Most of our guests are thrilled to learn about this.
We are sorry to hear that you did not thoroughly enjoy our tour and would love to host you, again. Feel free to contact us at -------.
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