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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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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 does NOT have a gluten-free, vegetarian, and especially PORK-FREE option
Please notify us of any food allergies (NOT aversions) during check-out. No PORK-FREE option.
SoBou , 310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Please enter SoBou Restaurant (310 Chartres St) and check-in at the host/hostess stand. Please have your Proof of Vaccination or Negative Covid Test (within 72 hours) ready to show.

1:00 PM
New Orleans Creole Cookery , 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
  • We do NOT offer a gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian, and especially PORK-FREE 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 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
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour.
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
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour.
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
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

Reviews

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star-5
Fantastic food tour
Wanda_G
, May 2022
There were 14 people in the tour group all from different places. I loved being able to share different experiences with some of them.
star-5
Tasting and learning...
julie_r
, May 2022
Tasting and learning about the different styles of cooking made me realize the rich variety of cultural influences on the city.
star-5
Fantastic Food Tour New Orleans
Jack_G
, May 2022
I enjoyed our guide, Nate, explained in detail the historical evolution of the dishes in Louisiana. How the fusion took place... who and how the specific dishes came to be... I learned that the gumbo I make is a mixture of Creole and Cajun gumbo
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Jack! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Nice experience on NOLA Food and History Walking Tour
Jeff_H
, May 2022
Tour guide was very friendly, entertaining, and knowledgeable. Food was authentic local cuisine. Walking tour distance was manageable.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Jeff!! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Still savoring the food I had in NOLA
Nancy_L
, May 2022
Beth was the best! She was knowledgeable, funny and the places she took us to were delicious. Totally recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Nancy! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Fun and tasty tour!
Lindsey_R
, Apr 2022
Beth was very informative and fun! They food was great as well! We had a great time learning about the history of food in New Orleans.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Lindsey! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best; TONS of great food, incredible guide
Kayli_S
, Apr 2022
This food and history tour was the best! Beth, our guide, was absolutely perfect. Knowledgeable and incredibly fun. The tour itself is wonderful, and was one of our favorite parts of our trip. It’s a well rounded tour, with excellent food and great historical information. Please believe me that you will not need a dinner reservation afterward. This could pretty much be all you eat in the day. There are also great recommendations given for optional drinks along the way. I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Kayli! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Turn up hungry!!
Al_H
, Apr 2022
Nate was really knowledgeable and engaging. The food was fantastic. We wish we’d done this earlier in the week so we had time to go back to these establishments again! Oh, and turn up with an appetite, these aren’t small tasting portions
star-5
I would recommend this event!
Carmen_C
, Apr 2022
Nate was an amazing guide, he was very knowledgeable and friendly! It was a very relaxing time. Would definitely do it again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Super food tour!
Jane_B
, Apr 2022
We happen to be on the tour during eggs and legs (Sunday Brunch) at our fist stop. We loved our tour with Beth. She was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and informative.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Jane! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours

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