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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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  • 3 hours (Approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


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.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 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.

Departure Time

  • 1:00 PM

Return Details

  • 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.

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.

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
  • 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

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.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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
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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
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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
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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
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Traveler Tips

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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Beth is awesome!
Tiffany_G, Jan 2022
Tour guides make or break the experience- Beth was FANTASTIC for our bachelorette party! Great information with humor added in, highly recommend.
Delicious & entertaining!
Carolyn_P, Jan 2022
Beth was very enjoyable, explained in an entertaining way, how the different cultures influenced the flavors and foods of New Orleans. Very relaxed, excellent foods. Don’t plan to eat the rest of the day. You will be stuffed at the end of the tour!
Loved the food!
Scott_N, Jan 2022
So much more than we expected. Food was amazing at every stop. Our guide, Beth, did an excellent job of explaining the food, history and culture.
Great tour with delicious tastings and cool facts!
Scott_A, Jan 2022
This is a great tour! Dr. Gumbo was very informative, interesting and fun! We enjoyed learning about the history of Louisiana, the local food, and the restaurant stops were delish! This is a great way to explore the French Quarters and get great tips on things to eat, drink, and do. We highly recommend Dr. Gumbo’s tour!!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Scott, the pleasure was all mine!! Thanks! Dylan (Doctor Gumbo) Owner | Doctor Gumbo Tours
Awesome Experience
Mike_L, Jan 2022
So this was probably the highlight of our trip. We sampled all the classic foods of New Orleans and learned the history of it’s people and culture. The waking tour took us through the heart of the French Quarter. It was fun and memorable!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you Mike! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
Allan_S, Jan 2022
Beth was AMAZING and the food was DELICIOUS! I would highly recommend this tour and tour guide to anyone and everyone!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you Allan! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
Superb food, great guide!
kjharris1, Dec 2021
Gumbo, red beans and rice, bananas foster! The food was fabulous. Plus, Dr Gumbo is a true historian, knowledgeable about New Orleans history and food, while also being entertaining. The best tour ever!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
"The best tour ever"??? I'll take it! :) Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
Doctor Gumbo was...
kim, Dec 2021
Doctor Gumbo was fantastic, we learned so much history about New Orleans and the food was excellent. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thanks Kim!!! It was my pleasure!
Yum and fun!
Alicia_C, Dec 2021
The tour was amazing! The food was delicious and our tour guide, Beth, was knowledgeable and fun! This tour is a New Orleans must!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
We appreciate the feedback, Alicia!!
Sooooo worth it! Just do it.
Shalona_M, Dec 2021
Beth has a true love of the history of the city and the food. It was really fantastic to learn how the food got here and the regions of the world it all came from. Absolutely fantastic. We had so much fun and learned a ton.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you so much!!


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