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jazzman1 Jul 26, 2011 09:32 PM

It's been four years since I have been to Friday Lunch. It seems I read recently that the line begins to form about 9:30. Is this true? I will be in town next Friday and want to make plans accordingly. Thanks in advance.

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

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    hazelhurst Jul 27, 2011 07:58 AM

    It varies..why don't you call them (504-525-2021) and ask. They'll know if a convention is in town or any other likely influence. In the summer, though, its so goddamn hot that everything slows down.

    Of course you COULD go on Tuesday "in traditional New Orleans garb" and this entitles you to put your business card into a lottery, the winner of which gets a guaranteed table at Friday's lunch. That is all I know about how that works. As I note here often, I stay away from Friday insofar as I can.

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      kibbles Jul 29, 2011 05:27 AM

      on the fri of 4th of July weekend, i walked right in at noon or 12:30 and grabbed a table for two. even got my waiter..

      I've never found the Friday atmosphere to be the pandemonium chaos it's made out to be. shrug

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        hazelhurst Jul 29, 2011 06:24 AM

        I dunno...twenty eyars ago it was just Friday then it got trendy and now it comes and goes. The last time I had to do it at about 1:00 becuase a friend was having his LAst Meal before leaving town and wanted to spend as much time as possible in there. We moved tables at least three times to get away from horribly obnoxious parties (each one ramped up after we sat down). I think there were four "birthdays" in there that day. By 4:00 we got our preferred table and things settled down but prior to that it was rockin'. I didn't know any of the people involved and they struck me as the type to use the reputation as an excuse to "cut up." One of the waiters lamented it saying "the Old Man would never have put up with it." He was right.

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          kibbles Jul 30, 2011 07:07 AM

          there were two or three happy birthday carols during our lunch, but nobody puking in shoes or anything like chaos. dunno, maybe it's just my generation but it's always seemed pretty tame to me.

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            hazelhurst Jul 30, 2011 07:30 AM

            That is par-for-the-course...it's a well known gag that when one birthday song is sung, someone will say to his/her table "MY birthday is in three months. Let's have it today!" SOrt fo sefl-perpetuating but it is not really a probllem THe festive mood is fine.

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              kibbles Jul 31, 2011 08:51 AM

              tho i think 3 birthdays in a given sample of 90 may be statistically par for the course -- one per 30? not sure what the main dining room seats, but at least 90.

              but that's really a side point. I've just heard many times that the ruckus of fri is to be avoided, but I've yet to see it. I only see a large, loud dining room. not much different than Irene's, which is a small, loud dining room (just in last nite -- very loud!). but if a quiet or subdued lunch is desired, definately not an ideal choice.

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                Bill Hunt Jul 31, 2011 07:46 PM

                Personally, I avoid that ruckus, but then I have done it enough.

                Similar to Mardi Gras - been there - done that, and many, many times over.

                Now, and in my old age, I want food, and do not care for the tableau. I know the steps, and only the players have changed. Give me the food, and let others have the dance.

                If one has been a call-out for Rex, they do not need to do that every year,

                Hunt

      2. Bill Hunt Jul 29, 2011 06:37 PM

        Jazzman,

        Go with Hazelhurst's recs. On Galatoire's, he's seldom wrong, though I try to find "chinks" in his "armor." [Grin]

        Just make sure that you wear your Haspel "pin feather" searsucker suit, and Panama hat (please take that off, upon entering).

        Most of all, ENJOY,

        Hunt

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

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          hazelhurst Jul 30, 2011 09:40 AM

          Bill,
          You're welcome to try :).

          PS "Seldom?"

        2. texasredtop Jul 30, 2011 05:58 PM

          I have had no problem getting a table for 2 right away on a weekday at lunch. I think it's the parties larger than 2 that end up waiting. It is much more crowded mid-December for a weekday lunch than it is in July. I think it has to do with Christmas festivities and celebrations. Also like hazelhurst said, it will be more crowded if something else is going on in town. I always try and hit NO when nothing major is going on. That doesn't leave me much of a window :-(

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            jazzman1 Jul 30, 2011 06:43 PM

            Thanks gentlemen...We'll be in town Tuesday for seven days of dining and can't wait to hit our favorites. We'll be at Galatoire's Friday ,with Panama.......

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

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