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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 up to seven locations, you’ll savor such classic bites as seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, poboys and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Food and History Tour

Sweet potato beignets with duck debris, foie gras fondue and a chicory coffee glaze

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). The 3‐hour excursion includes up to seven hearty food tastings – and about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of walking to burn it off!
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 head to Leah’s Pralines, where you can sample a Creole classic or a new innovation such as bacon pecan brittle. 
As you continue through the French Quarter, colorful signs for traditional poboys or meat‐filled muffulettas may beckon you. Don’t resist! Your guide will lead you to Little Vic’s Sicilian Trattoria to sample the muffalino— a Little Vic’s original full of mortadella, salami and ham – then on NOLA Poboys. Hear about seafood harvesting in Louisiana before biting into a fresh‐made oyster or shrimp poboy. Then you’ll make a quick pit stop at a popular hot sauce bar to sample dozens of hot sauce varieties. 
Hopefully you will not have filled up already, because 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 will also explain Louisiana’s unique geography and the linguistic origins of classic plates like étouffée and jambalaya.
By the end of the tour, you’ll have a full belly and a better understanding of the fundamental dishes that makes up New Orleans cuisine.

Customer Reviews

Steve T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very enjoyable, and very filling. I didn't need dinner that night. Our guide Hunter was very knowledgeable, very personable, and very entertaining. I'd recommend this to anyone visiting New Orleans.

mhussey63258

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Doctor Gumbo was awesome. Our tour consisted of 7 different restaurants/food specialty places and he made each stop interesting with facts and tips about the food and how it was prepared....and even provided information about the history of the restaurant itself and the executive chefs. In addition to providing information about the food, he was quite familiar with the history of New Orleans and the French Quarter and even provided interesting details on historical buildings and landmarks. Would highly recommend Doctor Gumbo for a NOLA tour.

Catherine O United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing and wonderful tour. Great food, great overview of the history of New Orleans and of the history of the culinary culture in New Orleans. I would do it again!

Kirsten C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Dr. Gumbo is incredibly funny and informative. We went to seven stops and tasted ten samples. Best of all, these sample corresponded with different times in New Orleans' history. We were eating our way through history. It was delicious, filling, and interesting all at the same time. I can't think of anything to make it better.

ROBERTA T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a must do if you are visiting New Orleans ! Excellent choice of locations, great tastes of local foods, wonderful informative guide and another great way to see and learn all about the history of New Orleans !

nina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great fun but very informative too. Doctor Gumbo certainly knows his stuff. His talk was full of dates and details, but was very entertaining at the same time. Highly recommended. On my next visit to New Orleans I'll definitely join up for his Cocktail Tour .....

Jim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Hunter was excellent!

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We found this tour a lot of fun. Our guide was really well educated in the history and food of New Orleans. He taught us a lot without being boring. We got to try 8 different types of foods from the region and were able to decide what we really liked or didn't really like.

Robyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Super fun! So much delicious food!

mgaren46

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Dr Gumbo was fabulous--full of interesting historical facts about New Orleans along with delicious examples of the foods for which New Orleans is known.
I have many food allergies and Dr Gumbo personally checked on each food item so that I could make an informed choice about the foods I wanted to try.
Dr Gumbo had a great sense of humor and made the tour a very fun experience. We would do this tour again in a heartbeat!!!!

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