I was pleasantly surprised by this tour, being that I booked the "Irish Channel Food Tour" through Trip Advisor, but was told upon confirming that it changed to the "Riverbend/Carrollton Food Tour" at a different meeting location. I didn't know what to expect. The meeting location is around the Tulane and Loyola University area, in a really beautiful, relaxed neighborhood. I got to see a part of New Orleans I would not have ventured to otherwise. The vibe was unhurried. Our guide Donnean was knowledgeable and we definitely did more eating than getting a "history of" New Orleans, which was fine by me. My advice is to not judge the food by the look of the restaurant. We ate at some places I wouldn't normally consider (like a sports bar and a pizza place), but the food was amazing. The catfish po boy and crawfish boil was the best I've ever had -- and I know my fish and crawfish. Portions here were huge. We then stopped to have shrimp and andouille sausage pizza which was delicious. The last stop was for Oysters Almondine which were heavenly. Dessert was from a local bakery, and also very tasty. What was nice about this tour is was that it was well paced, and you got a chance to enjoy and digest the food before going to the next location. You were never too full for that next bite and at the end of the food tour, you felt well fed. There was not a lot of walking, as the restaurants were close by. You got a sense that you were visiting with friends versus being herded along on a tour. We had 10 people in our group and it was a lovely time. I would recommend this tour, and give yourself time to get to the destination (about 1.25 hours by St. Charles streetcar if you are coming from French Quarter because of the many stops and about 20 minutes by cab/Lyft/Uber). The meeting spot on Maple is about 5 miles from the French Quarter. If you love great food, you can't go wrong with this food tour (but don't expect gumbo and pralines -- this tour is for a more discerning palate!)
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