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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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 seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, po'boys, 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 beignets 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

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

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

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 in haute cuisine (‘high cooking’) with dishes such as boudin balls and sweet potato beignets topped with foie gras. 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. 

The next stop is Tujague’s to sample traditional slow‐cooked beef brisket, and on to Tableau for some seafood gumbo. 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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tujague's
The next stop is Tujague’s, the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans, serving up classic Creole cuisine since 1856. Discover the culinary contributions of the butchers of the French Market while you dig into one delicious dish: the Bavarian-style slow-cooked beef brisket.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Your final stop is the Creole Cookery for 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 within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All venues subject to change based on availability
  • 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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour.
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
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 policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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.
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


  • "DO NOT eat before you go on this tour as you receive good size samples and are quite full at the end!" See review
  • "Do yourself a favour - get to the starting venue early to enjoy a cocktail beforehand a great way to start!!" See review
  • "Make sure you show up hungry, because they give you a ton of food to try." See review

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Great !
Holly_V
, Feb 2021
Beth, tour guide, was great. Lots of good information. Interesting afternoon. The food Was fabulous !
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you Holly! I appreciate you bringing the whole family to enjoy an afternoon with us!
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Great food tour
Kathy_X
, Feb 2021
Great tour, our guide Lindsey was very informative about New Orleans history. The food was great and good size portions. You will not walk away hungry so don't eat before you go. Great value for the money you won't be disappointed.
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Thank you Kathy!!
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2 Thumbs up. Great tour, great guide.
Jim_S
, Feb 2021
We had limited time in New Orleans and this tour was great. There was some much to taste we did not need dinner. The guide was great and very knowledgeable about the food and the history of the area. Well worth the money and time.
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Thanks Jim!
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Great time!
BerryW
, Feb 2021
We had a great time and enjoyed every place we stopped at. The history of the town was very interesting and beautiful!
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Thank you Berry!
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Take this tour for the history alone!
Czarina_Q
, Jan 2021
We had an excellent experience with Beth as our tour guide. We learned so much about New Orleans culture; in fact, I'd recommend taking this tour for the fun history lessons alone! Beth was a consummate professional. Every single ad hoc question we had was answered with the utmost detail, often covering the absolute origins. We learned where the word "cajun" came from, the evolution of creole cooking from Imperialism and other contributors, and fun little stories about the streets we walked. Of course the food is no after thought. You WILL be full with the most delicious bites that the city has to offer. You can't say no to bananas Foster bread pudding!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
You are so correct: you CANNOT say no to Bananas Foster Bread Pudding! :) Thank you for the detailed review!
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Great guide, great food, great city!
Jennifer_H
, Jan 2021
What a wonderful way to see the French quarter. Visits spots that we wouldn't have found on our own. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
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Thank you so much, Jennifer!
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AWSOME TOUR!!
Amber_M
, Jan 2021
Beth was AMAZING! It was our first visit to NOLA and she knew so much history about the food AND the culture. Definitely go on an empty stomach! There's plenty to see and try and you get to see and experience what the locals do. I highly recommend!
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Thank you Amber! We really appreciate you!
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Informative and tasty tour
Amanda_G
, Jan 2021
The chef at SoBou was very knowledgeable and shared great history and tips. Beth was an excellent, experienced, and funny tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
We agree: Chef Byron at SoBou is awesome! I'm also incredibly grateful to have Beth as a guide as she is exactly what you said: excellent, experienced AND funny! :) Thanks! Doc
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Great food tour
Kourtney_R
, Dec 2020
I enjoyed learning the new Orleans/French quarter history while sampling some yummy cuisine. Our tour guide was great and entertaining. I'd definitely recommend her to lead this tour. My belly was happy at the end. My favorite was the turtle soup!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks Kourtney! I'm so glad you really enjoyed that classic Creole Turtle Soup on the tour! :) Thanks! Doc
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Eat Your Heart Out!
Oztoyman
, Dec 2020
Being in the company of such a knowledgeable and charming tour guide who introduced us to the culinary delights of this amazing city.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
I can't argue with that! :)
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