'Twas the day after Xmas and all through the place,
People were eating & drinking with smiles on their face.
They were whoopin' and hollerin' and raisin' a glass,
And hopin' to sit down and not fall on their a$$ . . .
They were celebrating birthdays and holidays and things of good cheer,
And everyone had their hand cupped close to their ear.
People were happy and in a great mood,
For the booze was flowing, and so was the food.
OK. Enough of that.
Our party of nine (five from California, four from Texas) met at Galatoire's for a holiday celebration, a 21st birthday celebration, and -- well, who really needs a reason? We are certainly out-of-towners, but we've also been coming to Friday Lunch here since well before Katrina, and we've always pleased to just let "our" waiter prepare the menu and bring out the food. This time, however, there were a couple of dietary restrictions (one was gluten-free; several do not eat pork -- often hard to do in New Orleans), but these were handled with grace, aplomb, and one completely delicious dish after another!
Some Bloody Marys, a couple of Mimosas, a Martini, and a glass of nv Duval-Leroy Brut, got things started, followed by two bottles of Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay helped "enliven" the conversation, and paired beautifully with classics like the Crabmeat Maison, Oysters en Brochette, Shrimp Remoulade, Duck Crepes, Drum Amandine (grilled, rather than pan fried), and lord knows what else . . . the plates were flying 'round the table almost as fast as the waiters were flying round the room!
Let's simply say that a fine time was had by all! ;^)