"We also went to Galatoire's," Ricci says of another temple of
French Creole cuisine. "That's a very cool place."
I ask her if she stood in line at Galatoire's, which turns 100 this
year and has somehow managed to maintain its dignity even as the
Bourbon Street businesses that surround it have grown raucous. "No.
We had reservations," Ricci says. "Do people usually stand in line
when they have reservations?"
They do. It's one of those New Orleans traditions, like the jazz
funeral or the Mardi Gras krewe, that visitors don't always know
about. But Galatoire's didn't even take reservations until
1999, and it still only accepts them for the second-floor dining
area. Many of the city's power brokers would never dream of making
a reservation. They'll wait in line, especially for Friday lunch.
"Really?" Ricci asks about the lineup. "That's different. Well, it
is pretty good there."
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Ricci has made her mark playing characters that would be right at
home on the offbeat streets of New Orleans. (It's easy to imagine
Wednesday Addams and Lucy, the runaway who paints portraits of
Barbra Streisand in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, sitting
side-by-side eating beignets at Café Du Monde.) "I know I don't fit
into the typical molds," she says. "I also look kind of funny. I'm
kind of odd looking. So I've never been the traditional character.
But I think as I get older, there will be more parts. More