Back in July of 2017 I started doing this food blog just for fun. Now, three years later, guess what? I’m still doing it just for fun because no way in hell anybody would pay me anything for this bullcorn I write!
Hard to believe this is report #300. Each 100th report I make it a really special, old, New Orleans institution. For report #100, I went to the French Quarter and hit Antoine’s. For #200, I got out of the Quarter, went uptown and hit Commander’s Palace. For #300, it’s back into the Quarter for Galatoire’s.
If you ask anyone across the country to name a street in New Orleans, I’m willing to bet 99% of them would say Bourbon St. That’s where Galatoire’s is located. And has been since 1905.
The downstairs dining room is beautiful. I love the mirrored walls and white tiled floors. And I don’t think I ever saw ceiling fans with just two blades. Jackets are required for men after 5:00 PM, and all day on Sundays. There are gold colored coat hangers around the entire dining room for guys, or gals, to hang their coats or whatever on. Goes great with the décor.
We decided on the Soufflé Potatoes, Oysters en Brouchette, Seafood Okra Gumbo, Turtle Soup, Crabmeat au Gratin, Grilled Pompano with capers, lemon butter and crabmeat, and Bananas Foster bread pudding for dessert.
And the food!
They start you off with a nice, hot, crusty loaf of French bread. Perfect.
The Soufflé Potatoes are puffed up like little potato pillows with a hollow inside. Not sure how they get them to do that, but they are great! They taste more like potato chips than French fries. They’re served with a Béarnaise sauce.
I love Oysters en Brouchette, but I’m used to each oyster being wrapped in bacon and fried separately. This one was like a log of oysters and bacon fried all together. It was hard to tell where one oyster began and ended. It was pretty good.
My dining partner had the seafood gumbo and it was rather disappointing. Ingredient wise it was packed. Plenty of crabmeat, two huge shrimp, and unbelievably five oysters in that one cup! But it lacked any seasoning. She had to request salt and pepper to add to it, since there are no shakers on the table due to the pandemic.
I had the turtle soup. The waiter said they had already added some Sherry on top. I prefer to do that myself, but this could be another pandemic precaution. It was ok.
My dining partner had the Crabmeat au Gratin and loved it. It was full of lump crabmeat. The portion was so huge she could only eat half of it.
The grilled Pompano was excellent. The lemon butter sauce was rather light and it was loaded with crabmeat. Fantastic dish.
The bread pudding was more like French Toast than bread pudding. But still, very good! The Bananas Foster sauce was delicious.
Oh! Almost forgot to mention. The service was impeccable.
Great place if you’re looking for some fine dining in the French Quarter.
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph: 504-525-2021