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Overview

Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets, and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, savor such classic bites as gumbo, muffulettas, po'boys, bananas foster, and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
  • Historical New Orleans food walking tour
  • Visit restaurants that predate the Civil War
  • Discuss recipes with a guide and the chefs, when possible
  • Sample delectable Creole cuisine including pralines and po'boys
  • Learn about the diverse culinary origins of Louisiana’s rich cuisine
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Lunch
Gratuities for servers at establishments
Beverages other than water
Gratuity for guide (optional)
This tour features a set menu and does not have a gluten-free, pork-free or vegetarian option
Please notify us of any food allergies (not aversions) during check-out

Departure Point

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

508 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Your gastronomic adventure begins in the French Quarter. In the afternoon, meet your friendly, food‐loving guide and set off through the lively Vieux Carré (Old Square).

Your first stop is SoBou, part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace enterprise. Relish as you are treated to chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. If you’d like, grab yourself a drink at the bar before continuing on (own expense). Then, make a quick pit stop at a popular hot sauce bar to sample dozens of hot sauce varieties. 

Continue to Leah’s Pralines, where you can sample a Creole classic or a new innovation such as bacon pecan brittle. 

As you walk through the French Quarter, colorful signs for traditional po'boys or meat‐filled muffulettas may beckon you. Don’t resist! Your guide leads you to NOLA Poboys. Hear about seafood harvesting in Louisiana before biting into a fresh‐made oyster or shrimp po'boy. 

Your final stop is the Creole Cookery for red beans and rice, followed by our dessert course of bananas foster bread pudding. As you indulge in these tasty bites, learn about the many ethnic culinary traditions that have influenced Creole cuisine. Your guide also explains Louisiana’s unique geography and the linguistic origins of classic plates like étouffée and jambalaya.

By the end of the tour, you have a full belly and a better understanding of the fundamental dishes that make up New Orleans cuisine. Please note that the stops are based on availability, and may be subject to change.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chartres Street
Meet your guide in the French Quarter in the afternoon and begin your food tour of New Orleans at SoBou, one of two restaurants owned by the legendary, award-winning Commander's Palace family. Sit down and relax as you are treated to Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo. Listen to a narrative history of Louisiana cuisine, starting with the culinary contributions of local American Indian tribes and leading to the arrival of the Europeans and West Africans who created its Creole flavors. You’ll hear about the unique geography of southern Louisiana, as well as the linguistic origins of dozens of local dishes, from beignets and étouffée to gumbo and jambalaya.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pepper Palace
If you’d like, purchase a drink at the full bar before moving on to a stop at the Pepper Palace Hot Sauce Bar, where you can sample dozens of different hot sauces, BBQ sauces, dry rubs, seasonings and more while learning about the spicy, Cajun-style cuisine of rural Louisiana.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Leah's Pralines
Third stop is Leah’s Pralines, a candy shop established in 1933. After learning its history, taste a Creole praline and sample the bacon pecan brittle.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Royal Street
Take in the sites and sounds of festive Royal Street as we move on to our next stop.
Pass By:  
Bourbon Street
Pass briefly along New Orleans' most famous street on our way to NOLA Poboys.
Stop At:  
NOLA Poboys
Next, bite into two New Orleans inventions: the muffuletta and the po-boy. Both are served at the funky dive NOLA Po-boys, a local joint with an immense menu. Discuss the 19th and 20th century history of the New Orleans' immigrants as you sample the fried catfish poboy on freshly baked New Orleans–style French bread before moving on to the slightly warmed muffuletta: an Italian-style sandwich of ham, salami, mortadella, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese and New Orleans-style olive salad. As if that wasn't enough, we also indulge in savory Boudin Balls with Creole Remoulade sauce!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Your final stop is the Creole Cookery for Red Beans & Rice, followed by our dessert course: Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
French Quarter
The walking tour covers about one and a half miles (2.4 km) throughout the French Quarter, at a leisurely pace.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour features a set menu. We do not offer a gluten-free, pork-free or vegetarian option.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There is no charge for infants in strollers
  • All venues subject to change based on availability
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Doctor Gumbo Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure you show up hungry, because they give you a ton of food to try." See review
  • "I would highly recommend this tour and would schedule the tour at the beginning of your trip to map out the restaurants to enjoy!" See review

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Very Memorable!
John_M
, Jul 2021
The tour guide was fantastic...and informative! We will do it again on our next trip to New Orleans.
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Awesome food tour
JustineA_C
, Jul 2021
Beth was the absolute best. We learnt a lot and ALLL dishes were delicious. The portions were also very good. We were stuffed by the end of the tour.
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Spectacular Tour
elisa_m
, Jul 2021
Beth was simply spectacular. Funny, knowledgeable, so kind and really knows her stuff. Loved her stories, recipes, the history and the food was incredible. A must do o. Your trip!
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Tip: Wear stretchy pants!
Christi
, Jul 2021
Cannot say enough positive things about this tour. Beth, our guide, was the perfect host. The food was AMAZING and plenty of it. The history (and I’m not a history person) was so interesting and cool. Things you want to know but didn’t know you wanted to know it! The owner of the tour group was very responsive and accommodating. We had 14 in our group plus another couple and Beth kept us on track (herding cats) and engaged the entire time. Don’t miss this tour. Come hungry!
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Tasty Tour!
Jeff_M
, Jul 2021
Great tour! Beth was very engaging and knowledgeable. Wonderful food. I highly recommend this tour for a fun and delicious way to learn more about New Orleans!
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Great food/great tour
dewaller
, Jul 2021
Very good tour. Beth was fun and informative. Delicious food and a great selection. Our gang of 10 really enjoyed it.
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Would do again
BETH_O
, Jul 2021
Our food tour guide Beth was very informative about New Orleans culture . We went to 4 different restaurants and tried 2 different soups, pralines, po boys, banana pudding and more . Was alittle walking but was done in a timely manor so u sit and eat between stops. Time to cold down and caught your breath just incase your alittle older .
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Great experience!
Cara_B
, Jul 2021
Beth was a gifted and entertaining storyteller. We had a great time eating and learning about all the delicious food. Would highly recommend.
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Birthday Outing
Gala_G
, Jun 2021
Every stop was great. Beth seemed to know a lot of stuff. She was very informative and made the trip interesting. I will definitely advise on taking this tour and especially with Beth as your guide.
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Great food and lots of history
Bonnie_W
, Jun 2021
All the food was amazing and Ben was awesome! Very knowledgeable! Great to learn a little history of New Orleans while eating
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