When you plan your trip to New Orleans, you probably have many of your dinner and brunch reservations mapped out, but what about lunch? Especially when walking around the French Quarter all day, you want to be sure you keep yourself fueled with incredible food to power you through until dinner. Luckily, the French Quarter is anything but short of great lunch spots, and these three can suit a range of tastes and budgets.
Galatoire’s (209 Bourbon St)
Having just turned 110 last year, Galatoire’s is a true New Orleans institution. While the restaurant may be best known for its fine dining Creole dinner menu, Galatoire’s is also famous for its Friday lunch, where diners are seated to eat, drink, and be merry for long after the typical lunch hour ends. This is a place where you don’t dine and dash—you come to experience what a Friday lunch means in New Orleans: namely celebrations and getting the weekend started out right. Just remember—dress code at this fancy joint is business casual for lunchtime. That means no shorts or T-shirts, but no jackets required for men until 5 p.m., except Sunday, which is an all-day, all-classy affair.
Coop’s Place (1109 Decatur St)
Coop’s Place doesn’t appear in many travel guides, but for a great Creole meal in a classic New Orleans dive, Coop’s has everything you’re looking for: seafood gumbo, rabbit and sausage jambalaya, fried oysters, shrimp Creole, Cajun fried chicken, and blackened redfish, to name a few. And best of all, you won’t break the bank while still enjoying an unforgettable meal. However, if you have kids in tow, you’ll have to pass on this one, as the presence of poker machines means no one under 21 is allowed in the restaurant.
Green Goddess (307 Exchange Pl)
Looking for something on the lighter side? If you’re vegetarian or vegan, or are even just looking for a healthier bite to get you through the day, Green Goddess is a top choice. The lunch menu includes appetizers like pecan orange mushroom pate, entrees like South Indian rolled uttapam, and, of course, a handful of fresh, delicious salads. However, if you’re not there at the right time, you’ll have to wait for one (or however many you need) of only 14 seats, and this local favorite doesn’t take reservations. But if you can snag a table and the weather’s nice, you’ll be pleasantly seated in a quaint French Quarter alley that ducks off of Bienville St.
Dinner? Check. Brunch? Check. Now lunch—check, check, check. You can’t go wrong with any of these three excellent French Quarter lunch spots, so be sure to keep plans for midday eats in mind as you get ready for your next trip to the Big Easy.
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