So much food and so little time, isn’t that just the problem with visiting New Orleans? It’s reason enough to put a down payment on an iron-draped balcony apartment in the Garden District. But if you’re just visiting N'awleans and you’re not currently in a position to relocate permanently into the city, there are options that allow you to taste the city. Whether it’s for po’ boys or pralines; crawfish or king cakes and Creole or Cajun, food tours help visitors try it all. Diners can pick up some information on history and culture while they eat. But try not to fall too hard for NOLA cuisine – the next time might be forever.
What do you feel like eating together? A hearty Muffaletta stuffed with fine Italian cuts, cheeses and an olive salad? How about a hand-fried and freshly powdered beignet and a coffee? Pralines and candy, po’ boys, jambalaya and oysters right from the bayou? Luckily, on Taste of New Orleans Du Jour, all of the above are on the menu, and are available for the tasting over the course of three hours. Visitors and locals love this tour because it not only allows people to try all of the flavors New Orleans has to offer, it also provides tourists with knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides to explain the history and culture of NOLA eating.
Go straight to the heart of Cajun and Creole cuisine and taste some of the biggest names of the business. Visitors dish out on history, culture, and a more than satisfying amount of seafood, paying their respect to the pioneers of Louisiana cuisine like Antoine’s and Tujague’s, as well as sitting in on a cooking demonstration by a Creole chef to pick up some pointers on how to better your Roux. The shellfish intolerant need not apply to this one.
Langlois is a well-established culinary destination in the area, specializing in hands-on Cajun and Creole cooking classes, culinary tours, a restaurant and retail store with local products and hard-to-find cookware. They offer two tours: one historical and one culinary, and the culinary tour wanders through the streets of the French Quarter over to Marigny and Treme neighborhoods for prime Cajun and Creole bites, while dishing out historical and cultural tidbits of the area.
This unique tour hits upon another important aspect of New Orlean cooking – the sweetest part. Those partial to desserts and pastries over po’ boys and jambalaya have a tour for them. The Chocolate Tour of New Orleans allows visitors taste classic pralines, artisanal truffles, gelato, chocolate croissants, candied apples and many more sweet offerings in the French Quarter. Just don’t forget to pack that toothbrush!
The French Quarter Food Tour with Taste of New Orleans specializes in hole-in-the-wall, mom- and-pop shops to iconic stops like the French Market. Family run corner markets and quintessential old line heritage restaurants are all stops on the way. For a taste of classic creole and a nice hit of Cajun fare, visitors on the French Quarter Food Tour will definitely know where to go.