New Orleans Taste of Gumbo Food Tour

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  • 2.5 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • Max Guests: 12
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

New Orleans Food Tour Details

Gumbo isn’t just a staple of New Orleans – this delicious dish tells the story of the rich heritage of The Big Easy and its people and to this day remains highly controversial in the city’s culinary scene. Come hungry for this tour: you’re about to experience the many styles of gumbo and the fascinating history behind Louisiana’s official state cuisine!

 

Your New Orleans food tour will take place in the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city and where your senses will be invigorated around every corner: this is the place for some of the best food in the city!

 

As we set out from Jackson Square, you’ll spot some iconic landmarks like St. Louis Cathedral and the balcony-wrapped buildings typical of the Victorian era in the U.S.

 

From here, you’ll be sampling the various styles of this dish that have been influenced by the mix of cultures attracted to the Crescent City and formed it into the melting pot it’s known as today. You’ll learn how each immigrant population tweaked the gumbo recipe, from Cajun and Creole to Native American and African, all the while filling up on this New Orleans staple.

 

If you still have room for it, we’ll end our French Quarter food tour with a dessert that’s just as ingrained in the city’s history and culture as gumbo.

 

After your whirlwind tasting tour of long-established and off-the-beaten track eateries, you’ll be able to weigh in on the impossible question: whose gumbo is the best in all of New Orleans?

  • Fill up on several amazing variations of gumbo, Louisiana’s state cuisine
  • Discover the evolution of the dish across many different cultures
  • Learn the history of Cajun and Creole culture and cuisine in New Orleans
  • Visit local spots with a long history of authentic, excellent southern cooking
  • Explore the historic, charming French Quarter with a local, knowledgeable guide

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 4-5 tastings(equal to a full meal)
  • Souvenirs
  • Guide gratuity
  • Additional food & drink

Itinerary

French Quarter

Your food tour will take place in the charming French Quarter, one of NOLA’s most historic neighborhoods, filled with excellent restaurants, bars, and a mix of beautiful architectural styles. We’ll be visiting businesses who have long enjoyed a reputation for some of the best gumbo you’ll have in the city!

Jackson Square

Known as the location where Louisiana was officially recognized as a U.S. territory, Jackson Square features an equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson and is ringed by many famous New Orleans institutions including Cafe du Monde and the Pontalba Buildings.

St. Louis Cathedral

On this New Orleans walking and food tasting tour, you’ll be passing by the St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the United States and known as the iconic, triple-steepled backdrop to Jackson Square.

Cabildo

Formerly home to the Spanish municipal government before the Louisiana Purchase, this neighbor to St. Louis Cathedral can be seen from the tour’s starting point in Jackson Square.

The Presbytere

A neighbor to the iconic St. Louis Cathedral, this is one of the nation’s best examples of formal colonial Spanish architecture. We’ll see this beautiful building from the tour’s starting point in Jackson Square, before heading into the French Quarter.

Pontalba Buildings

On your New Orleans walking tour, you’ll be sure to spot the wrought iron–wrapped balconies that have long been associated with the elegant architecture found in New Orleans and affixed to these handsome brick buildings built between 1849 and 1851.

The Gumbo Shop

We may pass by this enormously popular spot for Creole cuisine on our French Quarter food tour and where hearty gumbo, jambalaya, and classic New Orleans dishes have been served up for many years.

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe

This building has some stories to tell! Your guide may stop or regal you with tales of the Napoleon House as you taste your way through the French Quarter. All the traditional New Orleans dishes are served here, along with the famous Pimm’s Cup cocktail!

Pirates Alley Cafe

Located right in the heart of the French Quarter and near our New Orleans food tour meeting point, Pirates Alley Cafe serves up one of the quintessential spirits of New Orleans history, absinthe. And you might hear a fanciful tale or two that will help explain its most unusual name.

Andrew Jackson Statue

Our historic food tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter starts just steps away from this iconic statue in the middle of Jackson Square. This raised equestrian statue commemorates Jackson’s role in the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and his time serving as the seventh President of the United States.

1850 House Museum & Store

This museum, located in a rowhouse in the Lower Pontalba Building, serves as a model for what life would have been like for the more well-to-do citizens of mid-19th century New Orleans. Here, you can learn their personal stories and get up close and personal with Louisiana history.

Muriel's Jackson Square

This beautiful restored restaurant, once a private residence with roots in mid-1800’s New Orleans. During our gumbo food tour, we may pass by this luxurious building, one with a fascinating history and a paranormal past.

Washington Artillery Park

You might be able to spy from our food tour meeting point this raised park overlooking the great Mississippi and is a reminder of the complicated history and legacy of the American Civil War.

Decatur Street

A short distance from our meeting point, this street is constantly alive with street musicians, artists, and horse-drawn carriages. We may pass through on our tour or you’ll certainly be heading this direction if you’re heading to famous Cafe du Monde or any of the other great restaurants and bars along the street!

Community Impact

Our tours are powered by the local community, with small, local establishments who have crafted their dishes to reflect their heritage and love for New Orleans culture and cuisine.

 

This tour dives into the history of New Orleans’ diverse peoples, highlighting the contributions of often-overlooked groups including Creole, Cajun, and African American.

 

Our small-group tours minimize negative impacts on the local community, reducing pressure on small businesses we frequent, allowing locals more room to maneuver around our tours, and reducing noise pollution without the need of microphones.

 

We mindfully design our tours to explore areas on foot, thus doing our part to lessen our environmental impact.

Pickup Information

Pick-up Time Information

  • Start times: 11am
  • Meeting Location: 700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (Jackson Square, next to Andrew Jackson statue)

 

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