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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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

What's Included

  • 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.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 3rd Block Depot Kitchen + Bar
    316 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Please enter 3rd Block Depot (formerly SoBou Restaurant) at 316 Chartres St and check-in at the host/hostess stand.

Start time

01:00 PM

End point

  • New Orleans Creole Cookery
    508 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

What To Expect

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.

French Quarter

Meet your guide in the French Quarter in the afternoon and begin your food tour of New Orleans at 3rd Block Depot (formerly 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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Make sure you show up hungry, because they give you a ton of food to try.
I would highly recommend this tour and would schedule the tour at the beginning of your trip to map out the restaurants to enjoy!
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Great tour!
Elizabeth_H, Feb 2023
Good tasting and good variety and good amount of food along with the interesting history of the food. Good history of the area too mixed with humor and interesting small facts. Pace and timing was good - a couple long stops, a couple short stops. Just right. Mike was very knowledgeable and entertaining. A really awesome afternoon!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks Elizabeth!!
It was great! We all...
Karin_C, Jan 2023
It was great! We all learned lot and had some really great food along the way! Loved the red beans and rice at New Orleans cookery.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you, Karin! Louis Armstrong used to sign his letters "Red beans and ricely..." :)
1 traveler found this review helpful
Delicious way to get to know New Orleans
Tina_G, Jan 2023
Mike our guide kept the tour informative but had a great sense of humor. All the good choices were excellent!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you!
Another wonder of the world
Elizabeth_L, Jan 2023
Beth was excellent, she explained so much to us about the different foods and how they started out with each culture. We enjoyed the food at our first stop the best.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Wonderful, thank you!!
Excellent tour
Brenda_M, Jan 2023
Loved all the food samples. Mike was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. Definitely a must do if you are visiting NOLA.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you!!
awesome food and good times
Sherri_T, Jan 2023
The culinary options, the history explained, and touring the French Quarter were exceptional. But Mike your tour guide was one of the best we've ever had.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Sherri!
Food of New Orleans
Vicky_H, Jan 2023
Enjoyed the selection of foods. Our guide, Mike, was informative and very personable. No need to say more in order to reach the required number of charters for this review!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks Vicky!
excellent food tour in Nola
Tania_W, Jan 2023
One of the best food tours we’ve ever been on. The food was delicious and authentic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable in Nola history and cuisine and entertaining.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Tania!
Excellent food and...
James_G, Jan 2023
Excellent food and history lesson. Beth was a terrific guide and gave recommendations for other places to eat and drink in town.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks James!
New Orleans Wonderful Food Tour
Bernice_R, Jan 2023
The best part of the tour is being guided through French Quarters and learning about the history. Beth was very patient, informative and kind.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Bernice!
Great Food Tour
Thomas_D, Jan 2023
Great tour for a sampling of the food New Orleans is famous for. No need to each lunch with this tour. I would recommend it.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks Thomas!
An excellent tour!!
chemai_g, Jan 2023
Dr Gumbo was friendly, engaging and and knowledgeable. He truly knew the best places to share with us. The food was incredible!!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Chemai! Good luck on the Red Beans & Rice when you get home! :)
Who needs dinner reservations after this?
Latoya_S, Jan 2023
Beth was amazing! And so knowledgeable about the history of the foods and restaurants we visited. The food was superb!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you Latoya!
Dr. Gumbo Rules!
Jane_H, Dec 2022
Dr. Gumbo was the BEST! It was an informative and fun tour. He infused humor with historical facts and made the afternoon a delight. I had anticipated samples in Dixie cups but was delighted that most stops were sit-down-to-a-table and full servings. We were very full at the end of the tour and felt we had a great sampling of NOLA cuisine.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Haha thank you Jane! :)
Dr. Gumbo's NoLa Food and History tour
Suzanne_P, Dec 2022
Dr. Gumbo provided an entertaining and informative history of New Orleans history, food and culture to an international group of travelers. It's a wonderful walking tour of the French Quarter. The food was great and plentiful. I recommend that you do this tour early in your New Orleans vacation, to get an overview of how you want to spend the rest of your time and where you want to eat!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you Suzanne!
Fun and informative
Gail_S, Dec 2022
Mike was a great host. He had very colorful historical information that made to her fine. The food selections were very good definitely got some of the highlights of New Orleans with gumbo poor boys, Muffulettas and even pralines.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you Gail!
Great guide and representative foods
James_J, Dec 2022
Our well-prepared guide is comfortable and confident with the 11 in our group. Her history lessons of the multiple cultures inhabiting the Crescent City and evolution of rich epicurean diversity helped us enjoy our visit to New Orleans.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience, must do!
Heather_G, Dec 2022
Beth, our guide, was terrific 👍 she made us feel comfortable, she is witty and knows her history! This was the highlight of our trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Tour That Tastes Great
Tim_B, Dec 2022
Made some new friends which made the tour even better. It was great hearing stories about the ingredients tied into the history of New Orleans. Our guide was fun and the food was great.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beth was great the tour...
Teresa_V, Dec 2022
Beth was great the tour and historical information were very well done and very interesting. Thank you. Will recommend.
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