Hillary Eaton

Originally appeared on LA Weekly

The Best Way To Explore Food in L.A.? Public Transit

Who’s never taken the bus in L.A. before?” Javier Cabral, aka the Glutser, asks through his mini portable microphone. He’s standing in the back of Monterey Park’s Tokyo Fried Chicken, in front of a restaurant full of people eating ponzu-drenched drumsticks and skirting the question by taking some extra time to chew.

“It’s OK,” he chuckles, raising his own hand to encourage others. “There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Isn’t that the point of all this anyway — to do new things?” Slowly, the hands come up.

The Metro Tour de Food — a collaboration between KCRW, Metro L.A. and Zócalo Public Square, led by longtime food blogger (and recently anointed Munchies West Coast editor) Cabral — is very much about doing new things, especially when it comes to how L.A. does food tours.