Gaiety at Galatoire’s

This is Friday lunch at Galatoire's, where we dined the Friday of Super Bowl weekend. The waiter found out I was from Atlanta, which meant he had to pull me into the parade. There may not always be umbrella-carrying, bead-bedecked paraders, but Friday lunch at Galatoire's is always a scene.

“No one in here has ever worked a day in their lives,” our newfound friend told us about the locals enjoying their weekly party that is Friday lunch at Galatoire’s in New Orleans.

I had no idea if that is the case, but it was clear that no one was working now or would be the rest of the day, as we indulged as well in a 4 ½ hour lunch unlike any I’d ever experienced.

As a “second line” parade was forming from a table of decked-out-in-gold-and-black ladies in the front, one of the staff grabbed me and threw me into the parade. We danced our way around the restaurant to the cheers of everyone there, as the tuxedo-clad waiters patiently wound their way through the merriment. It’s just that kind of place. Once you’re in, you feel like you’re part of the best party in town.

You have to earn your seat by waiting in line, or as some people do, hire someone to hold your place for you. Gentlemen have to wear coats, and don’t even think about it if you’re looking for quiet and relaxing. But if you want a wild way to kick off your weekend, spend your Friday afternoon at Galatoire’s. As our scurrying waiter remarked, “This isn’t a restaurant; it’s an insane asylum!”

– Jan Schroder

This entry was published on July 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm. It’s filed under Jan Schroder, New Orleans and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Gaiety at Galatoire’s

  1. Jan, great post! We are leaving for NOLA on Thursday so we can make it from Atlanta in time for Friday lunch at Galatoires. Thanks!

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