Welcome to Eater Scenes, wherein photographer Josh Brasted visits some of New Orleans culinary landmarks to capture them at a very specific point in the day. Fresh for Classics Week, a visit to Galatoire's, the French Quarter grande dame that's famous for Friday lunch.
Here the "city's business elite jumpstarts the weekend over a Sazerac and shrimp remoulade, " Eater critic Bill Addison recently wrote of Galatoire's lunch. The experience is a classic New Orleans affair dating back to 1905. The situation: Folks wait patiently in line all morning to get a coveted seat in the main dining room, where no reservations are accepted. Most regulars have a preferred maitre d, servers who've been on the floor for a lifetime and offer the kind of impeccable old-liner service not found elsewhere in the city. Chef Michael Sichel turns out the famed remoulade, pompano meuniere with crabmeat, Oysters Rockefeller, souffle potatoes and more classic dishes to throngs of diners—from birthday girls to tables of lawyers—and drinks (to put it mildly) do flow.
Here now, a look at Galatoire's classic Friday lunch.