Fried Oyster Po'Boy at Hot Tails in New Roads

Louisiana's Top Food Tours: Dine Your Way Across the Bayou State

Taste so many different regional dishes on these foodie tours. Yum!

1. Lafayette: Touring the Tastiest Town in the South

The unofficial capital of Louisiana’s Cajun heartland is also one of its most revered, thanks to the kinds of restaurants and roadside stands that made Southern Living name Lafayette the “Tastiest Town in the South.” 

Cajun food rules in Lafayette, with mom-and-pop joints, high-end dining and just about everything in-between. With so many choices, you may have a tough time deciding where and what to eat — and that’s where Cajun Food Tours comes in. Company founder Marie Ducote-Comeaux takes visitors on approximately three-hour tours of at least five locally owned restaurants. Pick from four different tour options including the original Cajun Food Tour. Hear stories about the history and culture of Acadiana while eating gumbo, étouffée, cracklins, boudin and other Louisiana specialties. 

2. Baton Rouge: Louisiana’s Culinary Capital

Louisiana’s capital city is home to an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan flavors and Cajun cooking, and Baton Rouge Food Tours invites you to sample all of them. Its three-hour riding-and-tasting tour takes visitors to five or more Baton Rouge dining destinations.

Your guide will give you an insider’s look at seven areas of Louisiana’s capital city, several of which are near fun shopping destinations that will entice you with some Louisiana souvenirs to take back home.

Cajun Food Tours

Taste Louisiana boudin, a type of rice and meat stuffed sausage, on one of the many stops on Cajun Food Tours outings in Lafayette. (c) Cajun Food Tours

3. Avery Island: Visiting Hot Spots in TABASCO Country

If you’ve heard of Avery Island, it’s probably because of the famous pepper sauce known as TABASCO. It’s found on dinner tables not just in Louisiana, but around the world.

On the Avery Island Fan Experience self-guided tour, stroll through factory and learn about the rich history of one of Louisiana’s proudest exports — and how the spicy sauce is made. In addition to the museum tour, you’ll visit the pepper greenhouse, the barrel warehouse, Country Store® (filled with brand apparel, kitchen goods and spicy souvenirs that also make for perfect gifts), Restaurant 1868® and the 170-acre tropical wonderland known as Jungle Gardens. 

4. New Orleans: The Birthplace of Creole Cuisine

New Orleans’ contribution to American cuisine cannot be overstated. Étouffée, beignets, po’boys and the muffuletta — the culinary world would be a poorer place without these foods that are synonymous with New Orleans cuisine.

Now, you could take your chances and find a fine restaurant on your own, or you could leave it to the experts to guide you through the fascinating history of New Orleans’ famous haunts and even more famous dishes:

  • The experts at Destination Kitchen take guests on tasting tours of the French Quarter and the Garden District.
  • Tastebud Tours offers visitors a chance to taste Creole dishes from some of the best-known French Quarter restaurants. Check out the aptly named “Best of New Orleans” food tour, which takes visitors on a three-hour culinary journey.
  • New Orleans Culinary History Tours serves up its French Quarter tour along with a special drinks-centric excursion, plus a combo package that includes a cooking demonstration.
  • Doctor Gumbo Tours, which offers “The Cure for the Common Tour,” invites visitors on a guided excursion through New Orleans’ culinary and cocktail history. You can sign up for separate dining and drinking tours, or combine the two. You’ll visit up to seven locations that include award-winning bars, historical Creole restaurants and candy shops.

You'll experience a little taste of history, New Orleans culture, and epic flavors on every tour.