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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 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
SoBou , 310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Please enter SoBou Restaurant (310 Chartres St) using the front door and check-in at the host/hostess stand.

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
  • 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
  • Must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine, or a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) 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
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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Beth was great and had a...
Gabrielle_W
, Nov 2021
Beth was great and had a lot of knowledge I both food and history. We were able to enjoy some of the flavor of the city.
star-5
Doctor Gumbo made the...
Sue_K
, Nov 2021
Doctor Gumbo made the history food tour very interesting and fun. The food was great! We learned so much about the area and the history of some of the foods. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
It was my pleasure...thank you!
star-5
Solo for a day
Erica_S
, Nov 2021
I went solo and it was a pleasure. Elizabeth was a fantastic city host. Highly recommend. Great food and a wonderful history lesson.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Erica!
star-5
French Quarter food and history
Norma_L
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide, Beth, made the tour so enjoyable with all her knowlede about the atra and its history. A great tour and the choices of food and stops were perfect! Perfect way to learn more about the culture
star-5
Fun, Food, Facts
Karen_H
, Oct 2021
The food was delicious. I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about the cultural influences of New Orleans cuisine.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks Karen!!
star-5
NOLA on a plate!
Heather_G
, Oct 2021
What is a main attraction in NOLA? Food! It came recommended to go on a food tour while we were in NOLA. So glad we picked this one! Beth was a great guide through the various meal courses. Weaving really great food with history and culture made the experience! Enjoy a wide range of tastes in NOLA! Go on this tour!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you Heather!! I posted a cute photo of your family to our social media accounts :)
star-5
Would recommend
Gary_S
, Oct 2021
The food was very good and our guide Beth was very knowledgeable and friendly It was a pleasant way to start our vacation
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks Gary!!
star-4
Nice experience.
Mary_R
, Oct 2021
I enjoyed listening to Mrs. Beth talk about the history of New Orleans and how different cultures, helped create its cuisine. The gumbo was delicious.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you Mary!
star-5
Great experience
Leslie_O
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Beth was personable, knowledgeable and made the entire tour really fun. Great food, great conversation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Recommend highly
Jennifer_M
, Oct 2021
Beth was amazing and really knew her food! She was very personable and made the tour fun. The food was delicious.

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