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galatoire's friday lunch

One week ago we were at Galatoire's for one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. And it wasn't just about the food. The celebratory ambience, hospitable staff, wonderful company, and an invitation to photograph the kitchen of one of New Orleans' oldest and most famous restaurants made our afternoon unforgettable. 

Friday lunch at Galatoire's is a New Oreans tradition. Locals gather to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions...any excuse for a party. We arrived late and were seated at 2pm after cocktails in the upstairs bar. The first thing you notice when you walk into the dining room is the revelry...people up and about and shouting across the room. We sang Happy Birthday at least 6 times to guests dressed in their absolute best. Feathered hats, sequined gowns, dripping can't overdress at Galatoire's. Our table was in the back corner, the perfect place to view the festivities surrounding us. Our waiter, Imre, has worked at Galatoire's for 40 years, and when he found out this was our first visit he quickly snatched our menus away. From the kitchen poured the restaurant's favorite dishes...soufflé potatoes, shrimp rémoulade, oysters rockefeller, crab salad, poisson crabmeat yvonne, poisson mèuniere amandine. And then, Imre and Executive Chef Michael Sichel invited us into the kitchen. Sarah and I may have squealed...and jumped up and down a few times, too. 

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Reader Comments (6)

Such a wonderful collection of photos, Andrea! You captured Friday lunch at Galatoire's so well.

01.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

lovely shots Andrea, you helped me feel like I was there dining with you. Life to it's fullest is what that looks like

01.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia

@Kristin : Thank you! I actually referenced your blog while we were in NOLA, to find the name of Luke. We enjoyed our dinner there very much...thanks for the recommendation! :)

@Felicia : That is the perfect description. Thank you!

01.21.2012 | Registered CommenterAndrea

FANtastic photos, Andrea!! So sad we missed the festivities, but we totally felt like we were right there with you & Imre thanks to your mouthwatering pics. What an incredible trip all around and we're so thrilled we got to share so much of it with the C'ville crew. Now that the fullness has worn off, we're ready to go back! How about you? ;-) xoxo...a&b

01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHollandPhotoArts

I was born and raised outside of New Orleans and my husband was born and raised in New Orleans. Thanks for sharing your experiences about our beloved city. We are so excited that you had a great time and you also made us miss all that you talked about. Your description of Galatoire's is what we would say about every place that you go in New Orleans. Thanks again for sharing...We can't wait to get to go home and visit this spring.

01.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I had a huge smile on my face as I scrolled down through these shots, Andrea. Great stuff!

01.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

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