209 Bourbon St New Orleans

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Written By VAMONDE New Orleans


Smack dab in the middle of Bourbon Street's hustle and bustle you'll find Galatoire's. But if you step inside, you'll find yourself transported through time. At Galatoire's, the refinement of the mid 20th century is on full display. From the oysters Rockefeller and the iceberg wedge salad to escargot and bouillabaisse, the menu here can feel like it's from a different world.

But anyone who thinks that's a bad thing doesn't know how to have fun. Plus, this one of the most iconic spots to try refined Creole staples like the duck and andouille sausage gumbo, shrimp Clemenceau, and Galatoire's famous snapping turtle soup. Why would you want to eat a snapping turtle? Find out in this video from Eater's Nick Solares.

Tennessee Williams was once a regular here, and he stood in the infamous line outside every time he visited, just like the rest of us. While the restaurant now accepts some reservations for large parties and private groups, you generally need to get in line early and hope you can snag a spot. Standing in that line is considered a NOLA rite of passage, so get a group together and tough it out. There's gumbo at the end.

Galatoire's is in A Streetcar Named Desire, so go for what you want and line up.

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