Come to Galatoire's for lunch--but come early, and avoid Friday. This is the locals' favorite day, and the place is often packed by noon. No reservations are required for lunch, and most weekdays you can score a spot in the main dining room. Take in the charming decor, with its hand-painted fleur-de-lis motif on the walls, paddle fans, and mirrors along the sides, reflecting happy diners everywhere.
Start out with a combo of the best appetizers: Shrimp Rémoulade, Crabmeat Maison, and Shrimp Maison ($26.50). The flavors of the tart rémoulade blend well with the creamy crab (loaded with capers). Then move on to the Poisson Meunière Amandine ($19.50) for an entrée. Ask about the soft-shell crab, which is in season in April. Finish everything with a light Cup Custard ($4) for dessert, though the bread pudding ($5) is popular too. 209 Bourbon Street; www.galatoires.com or (504) 525-2021.