Friday lunch is a locals' tradition at Galatoire's on Bourbon Street, a big time notable for high fashion, flowing champagne and decadent excess. New Orleanians dressed to impress line up early for the 11:30 seating, or more likely pay a “sitter” to wait in line for them. Reservations aren’t taken for Friday lunch and with only 41 tables and 132 seats in the coveted first-floor dining room, competition is fierce. But snag a table, and you’ll see a convivial scene of table-hopping, martini drinking, hoots of laughter and the occasional outbreak of song. Lunch is endless, usually still loudly carrying on come dinnertime. Through it all, the best waiters in the city serve platters of trout meuniere, shrimp remoulade and stuffed eggplant, a tradition that hopefully will never change.
Galatoire’s, 209 Bourbon St., 504.525.2021, galatoires.com
Can’t get into Friday lunch at Galatoire’s? Here are some alternatives:
Antoine’s, 713 St Louis St., 504.581.4422, antoines.com
Dooky Chase, 2301 Orleans Ave., 504.821.0535, dookychaserestaurant.com
Clancy’s, 6100 Annunciation St., 504.895.1111, clancysneworleans.com