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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

Please enter SoBou Restaurant (310 Chartres St) using the side entrance located at the top of the valet ramp.

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
  • Anyone 12 years of age and over must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours to enter venues.
  • 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.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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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.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour.

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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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amazing
Jeffrey_R
, Aug 2021
this was the most beautiful thing about new orleans we seen places we would have never seen if we wouldn’t have went on that tour i so love it and can’t wait to go back
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I was an amazing event....
Annie_F
, Aug 2021
I was an amazing event. Great food and history. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing. I can't wait to come back for more
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Excellent food history tour!
Karen_P
, Aug 2021
So much fun tasting all the classic NOLA dishes while learning the City’s history from our knowledgeable lovely guide! This tour provides the perfect intro to NOLA culture for first timers. Plenty of food on this tour. We came with empty stomachs and were very full by the end of the tour!
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Absolutely amazing... blew my mind on the history
Vilma_A
, Aug 2021
We had the best tour guide. Very informative/interesting. Never a dull moment. Definitely worth the money.
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A special piece of NOLA!!
Blessing_I
, Aug 2021
The food was amazing! The history we got was awesome and so special. This tour is absolutely worth every single penny and our tour guide was incredible! 10/10!
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Amazing experience
Kimberly_R
, Aug 2021
this is my second time doing this tour when in town and it never disappoints! love love love it and the guides are so knowledgeable!
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Great tour, guide and food!
John_W
, Aug 2021
Had a good time. Beth was a great guide and had all the answers to our questions . Food was good and just enough time between stops.
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Fabulous Food Tour
Traci_M
, Aug 2021
Wonderful food tour that includes a large variety of tastings throughout New Orleans. Our tour guide Beth was outstanding! She was full of historic knowledge about the food, drinks, culture, and city. The food was delicious, but Beth made the tour an unforgettable delight!!
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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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