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Galatoire's, New Orleans

209 Bourbon Street
French Quarter
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 525 2021
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For locals, Friday lunch at this sophisticated Creole standby is a weekly tradition; for visitors, it should be a once-in-a-lifetime culinary event. With its windows facing Bourbon Street's seamy club zone, Galatoire's first-floor dining room oozes old-world gentility with tiled floors, lace curtains, and mirrored walls (the better to people-watch, my dear). The menu is classic Creole: impossibly light soufflé potatoes, crackling oysters en brochette layered with bacon, pan-fried fillets of delicate speckled trout drizzled with drawn butter and pristine lump crabmeat. Given the semiformal surroundings—gentlemen's jackets required at dinner, suggested at lunch—you'd expect a stuffy atmosphere, but the crowd here gets borderline rowdy, especially after a few midday cocktails. Arrive early and follow their lead.

Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays.

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food to die for in a formal setting

We had lunch at Galatoires when we were in NOLA, and it was by far my favorite meal of our food filled 5 day trip. It didn't start out so well, because my BF... more