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Sep 16, 2013 04:10 PM

Friday Lunch At Galatoire's: How Do You Hire Someone To Stand In Line?

We're thinking about doing Friday lunch at Galatoire's, but I doubt that many in my group will have the patience to stand in line. So, how do you hire someone to do it for you? Anywhere online I could find folks willing to do that?

Just wondering. Never eaten at Galatoir's before, but for this particular trip, I might be willing to pack a jacket. . .

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  1. When are you planning to go? Depending on the time of year and any special occasions you might not even have to wait. Traditionally the people someone might "hire" to wait in line for you are homeless, which is obviously troublesome and distasteful at best, and there is no formal system in place for hiring them. Much better, if you do have to wait, would be to take turns among members of your group. There are endless options for go drinks in the vicinity, have a couple cocktails and hang out.

    1. Not to hijack the thread, but I have a Galatoire's lunch question: How different is the Friday lunch from lunch there the other days it's open? I've read reviews of the Friday lunch but they don't generally also describe what the normal lunch crowd is like and contrast it with Friday. Would lunch on Sunday give me a reasonable Galatoire's experience? Or would lunch (any day but Friday) just not do it justice, and I should go for dinner instead? Again, sorry for the non-answer to the OP's question, but it seemed related and timely.

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      1. re: LorenzoGA

        LorenzoGA, Friday and Sunday lunches downstairs are populated by local regulars and it is like a big party. Very Loud and lots of fun.

        HOC: I do not think jackets are required for lunch, but you will feel better in one.

        1. re: TaTee

          So you're saying that the Sunday lunch scene can be just as interesting as the more famous Friday lunch scene? I haven't seen anything mentioned before about Sunday. It seems just about every article about Galatoire's focuses on the Friday lunch.

          1. re: LorenzoGA

            Sunday is busy but more sedate--if that is the word. You'll have the post-church crowd and sometimes a raft of "adorable children" making loud noises on the floor tiles with their cute little shoes...unless the parents are, in fact, parents and corral the little darlings. Apart from that it is usually pretty decent, and mostly locals. it does not tend to roll on for hours as Friday does. Friday is famous for sevral reasons, one of which is a go-to-the-zoo sort of thing. It is a chance for tourists to see the Natives in their habitat. But Friday is really three groups. (A) regular customers (B) social climbers and (C) the curious. Wednesday or Thursday are as likely to have several regulars in there and Saturday can be blessedly peaceful at 3:00.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Great explanation. Thanks. I think Sunday lunch just might work well for us. My wife likes "sedate," yet we appreciate that some of the attraction of downstairs at Galatoire's for tourists is to observe the locals in their native, festive habitat.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Well-stated review of potential lunch crowds. That should help anyone.

                Galatoire's is tough, as many have never dined there. Things do differ, by time of day, and day of the week.

                Much depends on what one wants, or expects, and also on how much time they have to spend. So many variables there, but you covered all bases, very well.

                Nice job!


        2. don't know about NOLA but in DC it's common to hire a bike messenger to place hold.

          1. I would always stop by Camp Street, look for a person with a purple bag, who was sipping from that. Unfortunately, Katz & Bestoff is no more, so no purple bags. Bummer. Now, one has to cruise Camp Street, and make the pick, based on other factors.

            OTOH, we dine there quite often, and host folk, who are on "short strings," so we just make reservations, dine upstairs, and are done. Upstairs has the very same food, many of the same servers, and only lacks the "vibes" of downstairs. Having "been there - done that," it has never been an issue for us.

            Most of all, enjoy,


            PS - gentlemen should have jackets.

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              1. re: Gizmo56

                sad to pay someone for their time spent? sad that it's not a reliable prospect? yes. a reasonable wage paid for a reasonable and easy job? I don't agree that it's sad - if I were living in a park or behind a dumpster that would be a sweetheart gig. of course if the FOH could be well organized enough to handle expected lunch crowds and reservations sensibly, that would be different. and nobody would have to barter with 'icky' people who would otherwise be penniless.

                in other cities, restaurants with no reservations take your cell # and text when your table is ready. hope you didn't manage to lose the phone somehow in a ridiculous way like it seems all my friends do.

                1. re: hill food

                  "if I were living in a park or behind a dumpster that would be a sweetheart gig." Sad that anyone would see it this way.

                  I hereby respectfuly suggest enjoying a lunch at Cafe Reconcile, if you want to help lift people up in a constructive and dignified way, rather than "crusining Camp Street" and turning those with a "purple bag" into your private place holders.

                  1. re: Gizmo56

                    true - I am kind of heartless (maybe considerate yet pragmatic is more accurate), but having on a few occasions over the years been close to homeless (which technically I am at the moment - just not out on the street), I've pondered what I'd do to survive. personally I think hiring a line holder is sort of cheating, but for the holder it's honest work. boring but honest.

                    just looked up Cafe Reconcile - an admirable mission, I know of similar establishments in other cities. the world needs more 'leg-up' type places.

                    1. re: Gizmo56

                      Well the whole Camp street idea needs to be updated. Camp and Julia used to be the center of the bottom of the barrel. Gone even before the purple bags left.

                      The bar on the upriver/lake corner had its backbar mostly filled with half pints of Tiger Tom Bourbon. It is now a law office and a number of those one time hovels are now offices of professionals and art galleries. And restaurants!

                      1. re: collardman

                        My reference to "Camp Street" was a bit of a metaphor for "skid row," and those, who populate it. Things HAVE changed, since I last lived in the City. My "literary license" has been revoked! Maybe I need to start saying "under the expressway, near Loyola," unless that has been redone too?