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Lunch at Bon Ton or Galatoires?

After endless heavy meals on my trip to New Orleans, I want to eat some shrimp remoulade and maybe something else on the lighter side at lunch. I want to an experiance that I can't get in NYC and was thinking of Bon Ton Cafe or Galatoires which are both nearby where I am.

Thoughts?

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Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. For lunch on the lighter side, Bon Ton and Galatoire's are probably the last places I think of. Not to say you can't get lighter fare at either, but do you have the self control to pass up signature dishes? It would be hard for me to forego trout menieure or crabmeat maison at Gal's or redfish bon ton and crabmeat au gratin at bon ton. I guess light lunch can be done at those places, it'd just be tough.

    FWIW, Herbsaint has some lighter lunch items.

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    Galatoire's Restaurant
    209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Bon Ton Cafe
    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. I agree with NOFood. Neither strikes me as "light," though my wife did get our server, at Galatoire's, to get the kitchen to "lighten up" a bit, on our last visit.

      For lighter, I would look to Restaurant August, or other establishments.

      Good luck, and enjoy,

      Hunt

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      Restaurant August
      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. I think it can be done. Get the small shrimp remoulade and a small salad Bon Ton which is tossed in a tangy ish vinaigrette....Or the shrimp remoulade appetizer and a green salad at Galatoire's.

        Ordering a couple appetizers or a salad and an appetizer is a lighter way of eating as well IMO and one still gets to have a great experience and taste.

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        1. re: Suzy Wong

          That mustard vinaigrette on the house salad is my favorite dressing!

        2. Shrimp remoulade and a crabmeat omlette would be a perfect lunch at Galatoire's. The omlettes are a really good, although frequently overlooked, section of the menu.

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          1. re: uptownlibrarian

            That's what my mother used to do..or a spanish omlette sometimes. I like an artichoke (OK with hollandaise) and the small Godchaux salad for the "lite" meal. Of course, a martini helps.

            I knew a guy in College who worked at his family's store downtown and had lunch there two or three times a week. He lost something like 50 pounds just having them broil the fish and putting lemon only on the broccoli or whatever. When, once a month or so, he "fell off the wagon" the resulting "thud" was enough to derail the streetcar down the way. You practically had to reserve hollandaise and bearnaise on such occasions.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              I never noticed a spanish omlette. Oddly I love eggs sardou but don't like omlettes...

              1. re: Suzy Wong

                Might not be on the menu anymore but they used to have it. Of course, the Blue Plate has been gone for years, too.

                The Blue Pate reference that was automatically attached hereto is not what I meant. the Galatoire menu had a Blue Plate on it...I want it back.

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                Blue Plate Cafe
                1330 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Its still available if you ask. They cook a staff meal everyday, red beans and such and will gladly bring you a plate upon request.

                  1. re: CharlieH

                    Lots of stuff no longer on the menu is still available..I just want to see it printed again. Had the homey touch.

                    I have had the red beans with pork chop on several occasions and sometimes there is something like a Mexican Day.