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Galatoires - dinner Ash Wednesday

sparkette | Jan 26, 201410:01 PM

Hi, we are coming to New Orleans to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday. We are arriving after Mardi Gras, on Ash Wednesday (seems like an odd time to come but my son is on break from Tulane that week and I don't think my parents could handle the excitement of Mardi Gras). We have reservations for brunch at CP on Saturday, for the true birthday party, but we want to try some other New Orleans classics while we are in town.

i would like to take them to Galatoire's, and know they would prefer the downstairs experience to upstairs. i plan to make a reservation when they open for that date, just in case, but I am not sure what to do. The parents cannot stand in line, so having a reservation has its appeal, but then we miss out on the downstairs dining experience. I guess my first question is, does it make a big difference at Wednesday night dinner, as opposed to a lunch? And if so, does anyone have any suggestions on how to manage the old people while waiting in line? would we be better off on the later side, say 8:00, for a shorter wait?

i read in another post that you can tell them you have a reservation upstairs and they will see if they have a table downstairs, but I don't want to rely on that. Seems like if that were the case, everyone would be doing it.


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