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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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New Orleans, United States
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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
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:  
SoBou
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 award-winning Commander’s Palace family. Sit down and relax as you are treated to three street food-inspired dishes that showcase modern New Orleans cuisine: fried pork skins, boudin balls with Creole mustard, and a seasonal Beignet. 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

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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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Ladies Outin
DANA_M
, Mar 2020
This food tour was excellent. The knowledge of our tour guide was amazing, and we learned so many things about New Orleans that we would have never known. The food was delicious, and we were completely full by the end of the afternoon. I strongly recommend this tour!!
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Excellent
john_h
, Mar 2020
Tour, food, experience, and especially our guide was great, would recommend to anyone interested in a guided historical tour
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Great tour
John_H
, Mar 2020
Very informative tour lots of history and great bites, go on an empty stomach because there is a lot food

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