New Orleans Culinary Heritage: Authentic Food Tour
1,220 Ratings
New Orleans
Indulge in the rich culinary heritage of New Orleans on this authentic food tour. From classic Creole restaurants to hot sauce bars, experience the diverse flavors of Louisiana through dishes like gumbo, po-boys, and pralines.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 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 ‘touff’e9e to gumbo and jambalaya.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Royal Street - Take in the sites and sounds of festive Royal Street as we move on to our next stop.
  • Bourbon Street - Pass briefly along New Orleans’ most famous street on our way to NOLA Poboys.
  • 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. As if that wasn’t enough, we also indulge in savory Boudin Balls with Creole Remoulade sauce!
  • Jackson Square - Your final stop is the Creole Cookery for Red Beans & Rice, followed by our dessert course: Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.
  • French Quarter - The walking tour covers about one and a half miles (2.4 km) throughout the French Quarter, at a leisurely pace.
What's Included
  • Includes lunch
  • Gratuities for servers included
What's Not Included
  • Beverages other than water
  • Gratuity for guide (optional)
  • This tour does NOT have a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and especially PORK-FREE option
  • Please notify us of any food allergies (NOT aversions) during check-out. No PORK-FREE option.
Additional Information

Take part in this culinary journey through New Orleans, covering every tantalizing taste the city has to offer. Guided by a connoisseur of the city’s history, amble from traditional Creole eateries and local sandwich joints to fiery sauce hubs and boutique sweet shops. Tour five different locations to experience a variety of dishes that showcase Louisiana’s rich culinary diversity, such as seafood gumbo, po-boys, muffulettas, and pralines. Discover the historical roots of each dish, and when available, listen to the chefs discuss their inspirations. This afternoon tour ensures you are satiated with delicious food.

Take note: venue selection is subject to change due to availability. This tour operates on a predetermined menu and does not cater to gluten-free, dairy-free, pork-free or vegetarian diets. However, please inform us of any food allergies (not dislikes) while checking out.

  • We do NOT offer a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan/vegetarian, and especially PORK-FREE option.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • There is no charge for infants in strollers
  • All venues subject to change based on availability
3rd Block Depot Kitchen + Bar
Chartres Street
Please enter 3rd Block Depot (formerly SoBou Restaurant) at 316 Chartres St and check-in at the host/hostess stand.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 22, 2024
Great food and information - We enjoyed the variety of the food selections and venues. And, Mike's historical commentary and sense if humor made it a great afternoon.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 22, 2024
Superb tour - Doctor Gumbo Food and History tour was very educational and Food was delicious. Beth was the perfect host and very educational. She has a Great sense of humor!
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Jun 21, 2024
Amazing experience - Great experience from the food to the knowledge of Mike, our fantastic tour guide. Had some wonderful authentic New Orleans tastes, learned a lot of the history of the city and received a lot of great tips from Mike. Highly recommend!
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Jun 17, 2024
Beth was wonderful.... - Beth was wonderful. Wickedly funny and very knowledgeable. The food tour was a great combination of stops and variety. So worth it!
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Jun 16, 2024
Everyone visiting New Orleans should go on this Tour! - This food tour was one of my favorite things we did in New Orleans. Mike our tour guide was awesome. He had tons of information about New Orleans and helped us plan on what restaurants we should hit on our stay. The food we had was phenomenal. The bananna foster bread pudding was probably the best we had during our whole trip.
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Jun 16, 2024
Yummy food exploring the city - We had amazing food at each stop on this tour and learned some really interesting information about the history of New Orleans. Our tour guide was great. She was so friendly and informative.
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Jun 13, 2024
Great time and delicious food! - Had a great time. Beth was so knowledgeable about the food and history of the local area. Loved the places we visited, food was delicious, tour group was small and intimate and everyone was so friendly. Would recommend.
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Jun 6, 2024
Well Done - Our guide was very well-versed and entertaining Very dedicated, giving the best tour possible A wide range of stops, allowing you to see many different things of New Orleans
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Jun 5, 2024
Great for nola 1st timers and experts - Great guide and food! Found a new Resturant… received recipes and more. A great time with tons of food
Review provided by Viator
Jun 5, 2024
Great Tour Guide and Great selection of food - Our tour guide was great. She was very animated and her historical factions about the French Quarter and the semblance of food into the area were great. She had a nice personality and handled the torrential rain through our tour the best she could. The food at each location was definitely worth the price. It was very tasty and sufficient enough. The only suggestion I would make, is adding a beignet stop, as it is an icon of New Orleans
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up to 15 guests
July 2024