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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour provided by New Orleans Culinary History Tours

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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

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Learn the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine and visit some of New Orleans’ oldest restaurants and sweet shops on this walking food tour through the French Quarter. With all tastings included, it's a delicious way to avoid the tourist traps and experience authentic local flavor, dished up with a side of New Orleans history.
  • Taste New Orleans cuisine on this French Quarter food tour
  • Ditch touristy spots and try authentic Creole and Cajun dishes
  • Sample local favorites at some of the city's oldest restaurants
  • Great way for foodies to learn about New Orleans history
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at Tujague's Restaurant, which has been serving Creole classics such as beef brisket with horseradish sauce since 1856. Trace the early history of dining in the Big Easy as you stroll through the atmospheric French Quarter, stopping also at Antoine’s, another of the city’s oldest restaurants. Learn what sets New Orleans’s cuisine apart from other southern regions, and taste the difference between Creole and Cajun dishes as you dig into samples including red beans and rice, turtle soup, and seafood gumbo. Savor the multicultural influences of Spanish, French, and even Italian flavors on local favorites including shrimp remoulade and a muffuletta sandwich, followed by crisp cannoli and creamy gelato. Finish on a sticky-sweet note with an authentic praline from Laura’s, New Orleans’ original candy shop. The tour ends at Arnaud's Restaurant.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Tujague's, 823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Return Details
Arnaud's, 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
  • All food samplings
  • Professional licensed tour guides
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase along the way)
  • Gratuities (optional) but are greatly appreciated
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions (please dress for the occasion)
  • Moderate amount of walking, wear comfortable shoes
  • Be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions you may have
  • While we try to accommodate for dietary needs, we cannot guarantee what the restaurants have available.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Roam630758 wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
We tried. We really did! We had good attitudes we stayed positive throughout. And we did not bail though we thought about it several times. Main points: 1)there was over an hour between the first nibble of food and the second. 2) drinks were scarce and not offered unless we
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Date of experience: March 2020
Awade1016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Dallas, Texas8 contributions
We did this tour at the second part of the Cooking School Tour. Wish we would have done this on our first day because you learn so much about some of the specials at the restaurants. Portions were fine for us because we got full at the cooking school. By the time we were done
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Courtney wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
We booked this tour for our last day in New Orleans. The only redeeming part of the tour was that we had a few fun people in our group. The portions were small, food unexciting, the pace was slow, multiple stops on their normal tour were unavailable, and the guide did not hold
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from Curiosity06299661189, Owner at French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback on your tour. We are sorry you feel it did not live up to your expectations and receive your moneys worth. Many of our guests have said they ended up not following through with their dinner reservations because they had plenty on the tour. It is a shame you left early and missed out on the Turtle Soup and Shrimp Arnaud, two New Orleans favorites. The tours during the Mardi Gras season can run a bit slower due to the Mardi Gras festivities both on the streets and in the restaurants. We take our reviews and your experience seriously and will review the comments you brought up. We hope the rest of your stay in New Orleans was a enjoyable one.
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SayanGargi wrote a review Feb 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India7 contributions1 helpful vote
Liz, our guide, was wonderful and knowledgeable about New Orleans’ social and the culinary history. We ate at Tujague’s, Leah’s, Broussard, Desire and completed our 3 hour tour at Arnaud’s. Items that stood out were the poboy beef brisket at Tujague’s, crispy batter fried
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Pat V wrote a review Feb 2020
Thrapston, United Kingdom2 contributions3 helpful votes
If you're into history and food you will thoroughly enjoy this tour. Our guide, Elizabeth was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgable and made the whole afternoon fun. The food was great too! Don't hesitate, you won't regret it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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By: New Orleans Culinary History Tours
What you need to know
Great experience! Info here is for what you should know but nothing was bad. The school doesn’t put together this
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Annette is a great guide!
I highly recommend this tour with Annette. She is knowledgeable, fun, and a great guide. Food was in perfectly ma
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Great culinary tour
This tour wit Annette was a highlight of New Orleans trip. Unique access to historic restaurants and private museum
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Mary V
Great Tour
Liz, our guide, clearly loves New Orleans and it's food. Informative about some of the uniquely New Orleans dishes
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Drinks Tour With Sandy Was The Best Ever
The drinks tour with Sandy was the best ever of my life. :) We were beyond impressed with her vast array of knowled
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Susanne was great
Visiting the French Quarter by an expert guide and foodie was really enjoyable! Cajan or Creole - you will learn th
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Rodney G
Locals eating our way thru New Orleans
Tour guide. Annette was very knowledgeable and kept things on the light side. Good way for visitors to taste the be
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Guide lacked any interest
Very unenthusiastic guide who seemed bored by it all. We may have been unlucky with our guide. But it was hard work
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Leanne C
Great tour!
Great tour! Our guide Sue was very knowledgeable about the French Quarter and its history. Met great people during
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New Orleans Culinary Tour
Great guide. Great Food. Great History. Even our teenage daughter approved! Would highly recommend. Fun!
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More than just history!
Awesome tour! I learned so much about food, culture and NOLA history. , would take this tour again! Going into the
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Kurt A
Kurt's Review
Naif, our guide did a great job. He has a wealth of knowledge about LA and NOLA. He eagerly answers questions and
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Annette was awesome. We learned so much about food history as well as NO history. So worth the time and money.
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Food Tour New Orleans
We had a great time! The guide was great, gave lots of cool information on the history of the French Quarter, and t
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Sari M
Naïf our tour guide was excellent
Highlight of our visit to New Orleans. Saw and tasted a lot of the city with Naïf as our guide. Learned a lot about
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