New Orleans Culinary Heritage: Authentic Food Tour
1,164 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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Feb 24, 2024
Very fun and delicious - I loved the enthusiasm of the tour guide, the history, the food tastings were very good. 😊 We enjoyed all of the information given and it was also very fun.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 24, 2024
Excellent tour for a first time visitor - Mark was an excellent guide! We sampled excellent dishes and treats. You could truly feel the love for New Orleans from mark. He was truly entertaining and knowledgeable. Was perfect for a first time visitor!!!
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Feb 22, 2024
A New Orleans "must do" - Mike was absolutely fantastic! The entire tour was great, but his informative and entertaining demeanor made this the perfect afternoon experience.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 21, 2024
Awesome Tour and Amazing Food!! - The food and history tour was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot about New Orleans that we never knew. The food was amazing and even though it was rainy weather, we still had an amazing time. Our tour guide Mike, was very energetic, and very passionate and positive about the city of New Orleans and his energy made the tour even better. He did an awesome job and we would highly recommend doing this tour to anyone that we know who visits New Orleans. You will not regret it. 5 stars ⭐️ all the way.
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Feb 21, 2024
Excellent tour! - Excellent tour! Mike was a lively personality and was incredibly knowledgeable about the area. The food was fantastic and there was plenty of it! A great way to get introduced to the area and both Creole and Cajun cooking!
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Feb 20, 2024
Fun, informative, and delicious tour - We truly had the best time. Mike was an amazing guide. So many fun, historically relevant facts delivered by a masterful storyteller. The food selections were fabulous. Mike was very thoughtful about giving each group on the tour specific recommendations for the duration of our stays, based upon our stated interests and holiday pursuits. Book your tour for early in your stay in NoLa; viva Gumbo Nation!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 20, 2024
Gumbo Nation, et toi? - This tour is highly recommended. Mike is wildly informative, super organized and showed us an excellent time. Oh, and the food - well, that speaks for itself. Book a tour; be a part of Gumbo Nation! You'll learn a ton, you'll eat the right amount, and you'll get excellent ideas for the duration of your stay in NoLa. Thank you Mike, cheers!
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Feb 19, 2024
Definitely should be on your list - The food was only surpassed by the tour guide's knowledge and personality. She seemed to truly love her job.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 19, 2024
loved the tour. - The tour was excellent. We got to taste a lot of different things (we were pretty full when we were done) plus we got to a spice shop which my daughters loved. Well worth it.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Feb 18, 2024
Delicious and Informative - Our tour guide Nate did a great job of bringing the history of New Orleans and the food to life. The food on the tour was wonderful and the stories entertaining. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
April 2024