Friday lunch at Galatoire's is simply a hoot. The line was long enough when we got there at 10:50 a.m. that we could not get a table for four downstairs, so we settled for two tables for two close to each other. This, of course, was Good Friday, so maybe that's why it seemed more crowded than usual. After we were allowed to ascend to the second floor bar for a drink, we stood shoulder to shoulder with both regulars and tourists like ourselves. Finally called back down stairs for lunch, we were greeted by our waitress (the only woman server there), who was a joy throughout. The younger ones in our group, at the older ones' suggestion, just placed their fate in her hands and she came through with flying colors.
The only downside of the day was that they had no lump crabmeat. I don't know why, but she told us at the beginning -- no crabmeat -- what was usually made with crabmeat was today made with crawfish. Slightly disappointing to me -- terrifically disappointing to my wife -- the young ones didn't know anything was missing.
Appetizers --Grand Goute, a combination of three apps -- Shrimp Maison, Shrimp Remoulade and Crawfish Maison (usually crabmeat) -- add to the Grand Goute the Oysters en Brochette -- heaven.
Entrees -- Grilled Pompano with sauteed crawfish topping, Sauteed Pompano with sauteed shrimp topping, Stuffed Eggplant (with shrimp and crawfish) and Sauteed Redfish were all wonderful. Rich and buttery sauces -- don't go there if you don't want it rich. Sides (as if we needed them) of Creamed Spinach, Spinach Rockefeller, Brabant Potatoes and Lyonnaise Potatoes were also great.
Dessert -- Banana Bread Pudding and Chocolate Pecan Pie a la mode. Too much!
As usual, we loved Galatoire's. Some on this board complain that it's old, drab, dated, etc., and it's their right to feel that way. But it's my right to feel that Galatoire's IS New Orleans dining. It is not my very favorite restaurant in New Orleans, but it is, in my opinion, the classic New Orleans restaurant. For us it would not be a trip to New Orleans without Galatoire's.