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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Another day in New Orleans, another caloric adventure. Today the restaurant of choice was the venerable and vibrant Galatoire's. I don't know when they started taking reservations -- diners used to send servants to wait in line for a table -- but with the packed dining rooms, I'm glad our name was on the list.

Galatoire's is a high level star on the rather tawdry Bourbon Street. There is a large rectangular open room on the ground level, a short bar and smaller dining rooms on the upper level. When we arrived, a large and lively crowd filled every table, but we were seated promptly and the service was excellent.  

Preston, our efficient table waiter, gave good advice on food and wine.  And, he was also knowledgable on the recent oil spill, so we shared heated reviews of BP and EPA.
The menu was extensive and it took a while to make our selections.  We followed a good rule: when in doubt, a good burgundy, something with bacon, and hot sauce on the side is a fine way to go.
Oysters en brochette ... wrapped in bacon :-) 
NOLA Necessities
A nice chicken dish with potatoes peas, and mushrooms [just like Grandmère used to make] does away with all the no-carb low-carb diet rules.
Chicken Clemenceau
Finally, the "fruit" course ... banana bread pudding. 
C'est si bon.

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