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Apr 2, 2014 04:13 PM

crack the Galatoire's code

Hi New Orleans- and NO-loving Hounds,

We’re a family of four coming to NO for vacation in mid-April. Looking forward to great eats, thanks to this board we are hoping to try Cochon Butcher, Sylvain, Peche, and Galatoire’s for dinners. But please help me with the latter. We’re early evening diners (6ish, our kids are fancy restaurant veterans but will start to droop by 9 so sophisticated late night is not yet an option), so what is your sense of a wait at that hour? What if we go on Easter Sunday – will that be a different story? And, dress code – would my 13 y.o. son be expected to be jacket-clad? He’s game for anything, but sartorially challenged.
Beignets are also on the list to introduce to the kids, as are muffalettas, but we welcome additional suggestions for easy lunches and dinners. We eat just about anything. (Well, the aforementioned 13 y.o. is not yet on to oysters, but we have hope. The 9 y.o., not so much.) Staying at the Roosevelt.

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  1. I would definitely go to Domenica in your hotel for one dinner. Cochon Butcher is more of a lunch place to me. Sylvain and Peche are good unless your kids would be grossed out by whole fish at the tables (Peche). Galatoire’s is the only one with more of a dress code. You should call ahead of time and find out what it is for kids. I would try to make a reservation wherever you go. Easter can be tricky as many restaurants do brunch and then close, but I think most of the hotel restaurants would be open. There shouldn’t be much of a wait at Galatoires in the early evening. Ask the waiter what is good, take his recommendations, sit back and enjoy. The kids will love the souffle potatoes. Also, there’s the Chris Owens Easter Parade in the French Quarter that you should take the kids to.

    1. Make a res, but show up early and you'll probably score a table downstairs. The 13-year-old could get by without a jacket, but he'll score points if he sports one (as many adolescents still do).

      13 Replies
      1. re: pikawicca

        Thank you both. I did spot Domenica, but we get good Italian here (Boston area) so that's not so high on the list - although it does sound tasty. Love the parade idea!

        1. re: Splendid Spatula

          Domenica has a great happy hour (3-6pm). You could get some small plates for everyone to try, if your kids are adventurous. We had pig tails, spiced cracklins, tuna crudo and red fish collars ($7 each). I don't really consider that 'Italian' food. Everything was really good.

          American Sector, over at the World War 2 Museum, also has a great happy hour. Meat pie and pork sliders for 75 cents - and quite large in size. The duck wings, although not on HH, were delicious and different.

          1. re: Splendid Spatula

            It would be insane to come to NO and do Italian.

            1. re: pikawicca

              the clam pizza's at Domenica at HH seemed devine. I too am thinking reconsidering our dining reservation there as so much NO food. Then again we will be eating so much NOLA foods at the FQF and maybe a pizza may be craved

              1. re: pikawicca

                Insane? NOLA was the second largest port of entry for Italian immigrants in the late 19th/early 20th century....we have an entire sub-genre of Creole Italian cooking in NOLA. Until gentrification began in the French Quarter in the second half of the 20th century, it was largely an Italian slum area. The Quarter is still home to St. Mary's (Italian) church, the official Italian church of the archdiocese.

                Restaurants like Mandina's, Liuzza's, Casamento's, Mosca's, and Pascale's Manale attest to the importance of Italian influences in local cooking. The iconic muffaletta is an Italian sandwich, for pete's sake.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  All of this said, I still think we'll skip Domenica's lovely-sounding menu in favor of more local fare. Anything else in the vicinity of the Roosevelt we should not miss? Where would you all recommend I buy my son his first shrimp po'boy? And pralines - we've been raving about them to our kids for years, but the last and best that we bought were from a lady selling them on the sidewalk, and that was years ago. Any strong reccos for pralines?

                  And I'm delighted to report that 13 y.o. has embraced the jacket idea - I think he is getting into the spirit of it all.

                  1. re: Splendid Spatula

                    A half block from the Roosevelt is MiLa. The menu changes with what is fresh some of the apps stay because of demand.

                    1. re: Splendid Spatula

                      He will certainly be more comfortable in a jacket. The regulars will appreciate it, too.

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        Just wait till he figures out that you can get away with all sorts of bad behavior while wearing a jacket that'd you'd be called out on otherwise. (Witness the entire banking industry.) I set a school on fire -- accidentally -- while wearing a jacket and tie and hardly even got a talking to.

                        I know little about children, however, it seems like a snoball would be a nice addition to the food roster. My favorites are Hansen's and Piety St. but neither are easily walkable. I've been hearing good things about Imperial Woodpecker in the CBD though which is pretty close by.

                        1. re: montuori

                          Ha! That is a funny story.

                          Snoball, absolutely! Thanks for that tip.

                      2. re: Splendid Spatula

                        I like Southern Candymakers, 1010 Decatur and Pralines by Jean, 1728 St Charles Ave.

                        1. re: Splendid Spatula

                          Johnny's in the quarter has about 50 poboys on the menu, and most of the time the shrimp is pretty good.

                          1. re: kibbles

                            I liked Johnny's Poboys for breakfast/lunch - more than JUST poboys, you can please lotsa folks.