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Don't-Miss Dishes in New Orleans

Don't-Miss Dishes in New Orleans

Every Southern city takes prides in its food and New Orleans is no different; the city is a culinary melting pot that blends French, Italian, Caribbean, and Native American influences. From flavorsome Creole and Cajun cuisines to street food classics and delicious candies, here are some of New Orleans’ must-try dishes.

Jambalaya: NOLA’s most famous export is a paella-inspired dish of sausage, rice, and vegetables typically topped with meat or seafood; each restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter seems to have its own version of jambalaya (which loosely translates as ‘mish-mash’)—challenge yourself to sample as many varieties as possible.

Po’Boy Sandwiches: The grab-and-go lunch of choice for locals, a po-boy is a simple French bread sandwich with a not-so-simple filling. Anything goes in a po’Boy, from fried shrimp or crawfish, to roast beef with gravy, or catfish with lashings of fresh coleslaw.

Muffuletta: Another beloved sandwich is the muffuletta, which has Italian origins and comes served on a large round loaf. The traditional filling is ham, mortadella, salami, Emmental cheese, and provolone, topped with a marinated olive salad. Central Grocery, where the first muffulettas were created back in 1906, is the best place to sample this sandwich; a whole one will easily feed two.

Gumbo: Nothing tastes as quintessentially Louisianan as a steaming pot of gumbo, a hearty stew that blends different flavors. Opt for a chicken gumbo with andouille sausage or a seafood gumbo, packed with oysters, shrimp, and crab.

Red beans and Rice: Simple yet satisfying, the Caribbean-inspired dish of red beans and rice is a Creole classic that’s traditionally served on a Monday night. The best recipes inject flavor with some smoked sausage.

Beignet: The French version of a donut, beignets are fried dough parcels dusted with sugar; they make the perfect accompaniment to a coffee break in a New Orleans’ cafés. Enjoy them for breakfast or grab a bag to go at any time of the day.

Pralines: Those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist New Orleans’ version of the classic praline. Pronounced ‘praw-leen’ down in the south, the local specialty is made with crushed pecans, caramelized sugar, and cream, and there’s no way you’ll be able to stop at one.

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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option

Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option

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The Steamboat Natchez is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic experience of New Orleans at night on this romantic riverboat cruise! Journey through time on a paddle-wheel boat ride along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends, and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner (if option selected) and live jazz music.
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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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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.
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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour
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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

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Get the best of Louisiana with this historical tour that combines all the flavors of New Orleans with a trip into the past. You'll follow your expert guide to eight different locations throughout the city that include Creole restaurants, cocktail lounges, sandwich shops and pre-Civil War bars. This tour includes samples of up to ten different dishes, plus four full-sized drinks that showcase the best of Louisiana's culinary and cocktail heritage. This is the perfect tour for foodies and allows travelers to sample the best in a single afternoon!
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  • 4 hours
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New Orleans Demonstration Cooking Class & Meal

New Orleans Demonstration Cooking Class & Meal

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Get the full Louisiana dining experience during a fun and educational New Orleans cooking demonstration class. Take a seat amongst other foodies in a converted 19th century molasses warehouse and get ready to learn and eat! Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig into delicious samples complemented by local beer or a sweet ice tea.
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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

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Perfect for food and culture enthusiasts, this tasting tour in New Orleans' French Quarter allows you to visit two of the oldest restaurants in the city. Learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine and taste both as you walk through the lively neighborhood. All food tastings included.
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New Orleans Hidden Gems Food and Cocktail Tour
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New Orleans Hidden Gems Food and Cocktail Tour

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Take a big bite out of the Big Easy on this culinary walking tour of the Freret neighborhood in New Orleans. This charming uptown neighborhood packs all the charm and flavor of the French Quarter without any of the crowds and offers you an authentic taste of New Orleans food and culture.
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New Orleans Food Tour

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New Orleans Food Tour

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From grits to gumbo, food in New Orleans is packed with flavor. This food walking tour of the French Quarter takes you to time-tested, hole-in-the-wall establishments that you’re likely to overlook on your own. Try authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, and learn about New Orleans history and culture between bites.
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Lower Garden District Food Tour

Lower Garden District Food Tour

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Take your taste buds beyond the French Quarter with a food tour of New Orleans’ historic Garden District. Stop at five hand-picked eateries nested near lively Magazine Street in this neighborhood that’s often overlooked by tourists. A mix of international and southern dishes offer a palate-pleasing sampler of diverse New Orleans flavor, from fresh Mexican tacos and Koran BBQ to artisan donuts and an award-winning deli sandwich.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Weekend Garden District Food & History Tour

New Orleans Weekend Garden District Food & History Tour

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Leave the tourist crowds of the French Quarter behind and discover the flavors of New Orleans like a local on a 2.5- to 3-hour food tour. Offered in either the Garden District or Bywater Neighborhood, you have the flexibility to choose the itinerary that most appeals to your palate. Whichever you pick, enjoy food and drinks at three local joints that you won’t find in a typical guidebook.
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Shrimp Boil Cabaret Experience in French Quarter

Shrimp Boil Cabaret Experience in French Quarter

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Experience a classic NOLA dining experience like a VIP with this special access pass to Mister Gregory’s French Quarter Shrimp Boil. Start with a muffaletta tasting and appetizers of local blue crab and alligator tail while admiring views of Armstrong Park. Watch as chefs prepare the boil, then dig into this authentic New Orleans dish—save room for dessert. All the while, local performers keep you entertained.
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New Orleans Hands-On Cooking Class & Meal

New Orleans Hands-On Cooking Class & Meal

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Enrich your visit to New Orleans with a half-day cooking class. Learn to prepare authentic Louisiana cuisine with a professional chef and a small group of like-minded foodies. After completing your lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal and receive a complimentary wine and local beer, a souvenir apron, and a collection of recipes included in the cost of the course.
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise with VIP Boat Tour and Open Bar Upgrade

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The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience while you step up the luxury on this Viator VIP dinner cruise. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the pilot house. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous tableside dinner and enjoy a live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.
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New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour

New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour

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Eat and drink your way through the French Quarter on a culinary walking tour designed to highlight New Orleans’ rich gastronomic heritage. Visit local institutions and holes-in-the-wall, taste a range of dishes and buy culinary souvenirs, like hot sauce and decadent pralines. Enjoy food samples at eat that stop, which add up to the equivalent of a full meal.
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. Learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets, and if you choose, upgrade to a small-group tour with no more than 12 guests.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl
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Small-Group French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl

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Get the full New Orleans tasting experience with a 3-hour French Quarter cocktail and foodie tour! Discover the pillars of New Orleans’ restaurant scene with visits to renowned establishments such as Seafood Treasure for grilled oysters and Cafe du Monde for a warm beignet (or three!). Learn about local food and drink history from your savvy guide, and sip on some of New Orleans most celebrated drinks.
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