Ok..... 2 weeks ago we attempted Frifay lunch at Galatoires and it was ridiculous! I got there at about 9:30 and there were already 10-15 people in front of me. I stood in the hot sun sweating my butt off until they opened the doors at around 11:05. When I got to the door they asked for my name and if I was on the list yet in order to go in. When I said no, that I had been standing in line to get on te list I was informed that it was at least another 3 hour wait for a table! I was stunned and told him that I had been in line for an hour and a half and asked what time I would need to be in line in the future to be seated for Friday lunch without a 5 hour wait. He chuckled and said that people had been "camping out" since Thursay night ( I suspect they were paid bums camping) and that te Friday lunch list is usually completed by 7 am nowadays!
Sooooo...... I think the locals own Friday lunch and nobody is getting in! They have a scam system in place to ensure their spots every Friday and they waltz in around 11-11:15 tell them their name and head downstairs! We ended up eating charbroiled oysters at Dragos instead.
I was very disappointed because Friday lunch at Galatoires is something I've been wanting to do for about a year and and after several trips to Nola I thought this was going to be it. Unfortunately, I don't think it's a party that us visitors are welcome to attend!!!
Edited: 5:54 pm, March 31, 2012