Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rib Room Christmas Lunch

Having lunch in the Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel is apparently the thing to do the Friday before Christmas in New Orleans. Nola and Nopsi have participated in this little tradition for a number of years, but this was my first time doing so. Kenny, sadly, had to work, but luckily Riley’s schedule was clear (he “chose” to forgo naps in order to be social), so he got to be my date. Together the two of us rounded out a table of 9, and everyone had a grand ol’ time.


Like so many New Orleans restaurants, the Rib Room is such a festive place to be this time of year. The entire lobby of the hotel is decked out with lights and trees and garland, and the restaurant never seems to slow down. It was especially poignant for me to take Riley along on this outing; after all, Kenny and I had our wedding reception at the Omni around this time of year four years ago! A lot sure has happened since then.

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Riley seemed to have a good time, charming all of the waitstaff and even some of our fellow diners. He was exceedingly well-behaved, especially considering we were there for over three hours, and we got a few compliments to that effect. He had his own little lunch plus lots of bites from our plates, played with any silverware within his reach, and of course tasted a couple of corks. And thank goodness for smartphones: Angry Birds on my iPhone kept him entertained a couple of different times throughout the meal.



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The lunch was such a fun way to start off this special Christmas holiday weekend, and I thank all of the people at our table for allowing Riley and me to join you this year. We had a wonderful time and are already looking forward to next year!



Merry {almost} Christmas!


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