New Orleans Culinary Heritage: Authentic Food Tour
1,199 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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Apr 23, 2024
Fun Tour and Yummy Food! - We had a great time on the tour! Our guide, Mike, was full of information. The food at all the restaurants we stopped at was very good. All that worked at those establishments were also very accommodating and friendly. We would highly recommend this tour and if we're in NO again, I'm sure we will sign up for another tour with Doctor Gumbo Tours.
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Apr 21, 2024
Mike’s Culinary Adventure - Mike was our amazing tour guide on our culinary journey. He gave us lots of information and a historical lay of the land in a humorous way that made a big and memorable impact! All the food stops were tasty and a good reflection of the foods New Orleans has to offer!
Review provided by Viator
Apr 21, 2024
Really fun way to sample the good and learn about local history. - My wife and I spent a great afternoon in the company of our great host Beth, sampling some wonderful food and learning about the history of New Orleans and local food. Totally recommend.
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Apr 20, 2024
Good food! - Very fun tour and a lot of good food! We basically hit almost everything we came to NOLA to eat. Beth was our guide and she was amazing! Very engaging and informative about the history of the city and, of course, the food.
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Apr 20, 2024
Mike is the best! Great food and great time!! - Mike had great knowledge of the city, and made it so much fun, and all the food was amazing!! Highly recommend doing this tour and request Mike!!!!
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Apr 20, 2024
Hands down the best tour - I would leave this with 10 stars if I could. The food was amazing! It was so great to learn about the different cuisine specific to New Orleans, while sampling some incredible tasting food. The best part of the tour was our guide Mike! He was so passionate about the city of New Orleans. His knowledge of the history of the city, surrounding area and the people was incredible! This is one of the most memorable excursions I have been on. Thank you, Mike, for helping create this memory for our family!
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Apr 18, 2024
Must do in NOLA - Excellent choice of restaurants. Mike was so fun and had so much to share about New Orleans-history and food! Highly recommend!
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Apr 16, 2024
Tasty afternoon! - Mike was our amazing tour guide on our culinary journey. He gave us lots of information and a historical lay of the land in a humorous way that made a big and memorable impact! All the food stops were tasty and a good reflection of the foods New Orleans has to offer!
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Apr 15, 2024
Great food and guide!! - Mike was an amazing guide that knew everything about Nee Orleans and had so many great recommendations for very cool experiences and food. He was a walking encyclopedia!! The walk was short and you will be very full at the end of the tour. Great experiences and lots of great info!!!
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Apr 15, 2024
Foodie walk. - Great food choices and interesting food history and a little walking, hiking, in the French Quarter. 👍😎
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up to 15 guests
June 2024