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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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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

Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon 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:  
Bourbon Street
Meet your guide in the French Quarter in the afternoon and begin your food tour of New Orleans at Red Fish Grill, one of many restaurants owned by the award-winning Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. Sit down and relax as you are treated to Alligator Sausage and Seafood Gumbo, and freshly baked French bread from New Orleans' legendary Leidenheimer Bakery. 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 either Dickie Brennan's Tableau where you will enjoy a savory Seafood Gumbo, or the Creole Cookery for a Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo. Both venues are locally owned and operated, and are great examples of classic Creole restaurants.
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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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New Orleans Food Tour was our family's favorite thing we did!
Sunny_P
, Nov 2020
My tour started off with me booking the wrong day. The owner was nice enough to rearrange everything and make room for us in the group amazing! This was a great way to get to know New Orleans and the food culture. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. Food was small enough that we didn't get stuffed but was perfect to try a lot of different things. Would do over again in a heartbeat.
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Glad we went
Igor_L
, Nov 2020
We had a great time listening to the history of NOLA and connecting it with the different foods we ate :).
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Thank you so much, Igor_L! I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us!
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Great food experienc
Jan
, Sep 2020
Great experience, very knowledgeable. Dr. Gumbo provided a fun, filling tour. Great food, a nice array of food provided.
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Thank you Jan! I loved hosting y'all!
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Wonderful, tasty tour
Vlada
, Mar 2020
Beth was a great guide — knowledgeable, funny and personable while explaining the history and culture of food in New Orleans. She and the tour company were also very accommodating about my shellfish allergy. I still got to enjoy plenty of delicious dishes. We even went back to a few of the stops on our own to eat there some more.
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Well Worth the Walking
Mayslot
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour led by the very informative Beth. A good combination of history and great cuisine. Sensible group sizes too!
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Great Tour
Hasson_B
, Mar 2020
I learned sooo much about New Orleans food in this tour!! Very informative. I would say if you can’t eat pork, you may want to sit it out because majority of the food tasting involved pork and I couldn’t eat it!! Overall, great tour
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Awesome tour guide
DonaldJ
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide made this event 1,000 times better and worth it. I loved the history she gave so effortlessly. This was definitely well worth every dime spent
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Truly deserving your time and money
MRSM_H
, Mar 2020
I considered a free walking tour but I'm so glad I went for this Tour. Lindsay was a wonderful, knowledgeable and personable guide. She made the tour very interesting and enjoyable. I spent the rest of the week sharing with my colleagues all the knowledge I learned during these 3 hours. All samples were great and ticked all the boxes in terms of taste and presentation. I loved that we had private rooms for many of the tasting and it really felt so special and relaxing not having to consider tips etc.. for each visit. I can thoroughly recommend this tour
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Perfect combination of gastronomy and history.
MELISSA_J
, Mar 2020
This was such a wonderful walking tour. The combination of history and gastronomy was exactly what I was looking for and it was so well done. Ben Wisdom was so entertaining and engaging. I would totally recommend this tour.
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Good tour
Renee_D
, Mar 2020
Great food and great learning experience. Our guide was very informative. Would do this excursion again.
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