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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

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

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:  
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.
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 the Creole Cookery for Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.
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 at time of booking
  • 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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Food tour of New Orleans
jeanne
, May 2021
This tour was excellent. Beth, our tour guide was exceptional. She gave us lots of food history as well as history of New Orleans in general. She even told us how to make some of the dishes.
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Don’t miss this tour if you enjoy food and the history behind it
Brian_P
, May 2021
Beth was a terrific guide. She had so many great stories and insights. The food was great as well. This is a must see if you are in New Orleans in my opinion.
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Thank you Brian!
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Wonderful
Amanda_B
, May 2021
Beth was a great tour guide. I had the wrong date in my calendar for this tour. Thankfully she was persistent in trying to reach us. We were only two blocks away and we were able to get to the tour and enjoyed the history lesson and the food. I recommend this tour for anyone who likes food.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We're glad you were nearby and able to join us!
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Great food tour
Diane_L
, May 2021
Beth was an awesome guide. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and had a good sense of her audience. The food choices were soooo good; I can't even pick a favorite.
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Thank you Diane!
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Excellent Foodie Experience!
Tammy_J
, May 2021
Every location we visited was excellent! The woman who hosted the group was very informative and friendly. It was well worth it! We were only in the City for a long weekend and felt this was an excellent use of our time to both experience the food and gain some background into the history of area cuisine! It was a fair amount of walking, and it was an especially hot day for April, but I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!
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Thanks Tammy!
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Walking food and history tour
Marti_R
, May 2021
Met our expectations! Our only small complaint is it would have been nicer if our tour guide put away her cell phone for the duration of the tour
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Marti! Glad you had a great experience! Please note, however, that my guides must utilize their cell phones during the tour to make all of the arrangements for our guests. We are consistently updating venues about our progress, they are updating me, they are ordering the food/drinks in advance, checking-in customers, accepting credit card payments, etc. I'm sorry this wasn't to your liking, but it is the only way we can achieve 6 timely reservations for up to 16 people, and order 128 samples within 3 hours. But again, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour with Beth! Thanks! Dylan
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Awesome Tour!!!
Darren_B
, Apr 2021
This was an awesome tour and I would highly recommend. Our guide, Beth, was funny and very knowledgeable. It’s a great way to see NOLA while also learning about and tasting it’s rich culinary history!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you Darren!!
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Worst food tour I have taken
Elizabeth_A
, Apr 2021
Beth was great. She had lots of interests facts about New Orleans. The food left a lot to be desired.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
If ours is the worst, then it sounds like you've been on some amazing food tours...how awesome for you! :) Red beans and ricely, Doctor Gumbo
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Thank you
Steven_B
, Apr 2021
Our guide Beth made the whole tour. The food was out standing but this young ladies knowledge of the city and the food was beyond impressive take the tour but by all means ask for Beth. Thank you Steven T boley
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you Steven! I'm very fortunate to have Beth on the team!
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Fun time with great people.
Audia_W
, Apr 2021
I went on this tour yesterday with my friend and had a blast with Beth. I learned some history, tasted yummy food, laughed in the rain, and met some nice people. Thank you for a memorable birthday!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you Audia! I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday with us!
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