Out at Night


A late dinner.

Dining. In The French Quarter.

We don’t usually eat in the Quarter. Often many of the restaurants are geared to the tourist trade. But, some aren’t.

The cool thing about eating in a touristy place is that often a waiter will engage you. He or she will ask you where you are from. If you answer from here. They’ll ask you a couple of follow-up questions. Like where did you go to high school. Or, they’ll ask other more local flavored questions, just as part of a conversation. You might not know what they are doing. If they are satisfied, you’ll get the locals price. Usually 25% off your bill. You might even have your food cooked with a little more care.

I know, I know.

It doesn’t seem fair.  But, that’s New Orleans. We look after each other. The waiters know the food prices are a little higher in the Quarter, so they take care of folks who live here. In appreciation many locals add a tip that is based on the full price. I do. As I said, we take care of each other.

The picture. It is influenced by “Nighthawks at the Diner.” I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it. As I recall, I might have been looking for something like the picture. I found it. I made the picture quickly because the subjects won’t wait. One of the magical things about digital photography is that the sensor loves darks and shadows. I probably couldn’t have made the picture on film without a lot of work in the field.

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11 Comments

  1. Oh gee, I do love this photo. And I thought of that Edward Hopper painting IMMEDIATELY when I saw it, before I read your post. Couldn’t think of the name of it, though. This is superb. And how funny about the locals’ prices…that will never happen for me in NOLA, but I’m ok with that.

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    1. Thank you. Sure it will. You live in The Garden District and went to school/high school at McGehee. That’s were Ani goes. It’s where you make friends and connections for life. You live around Coliseum. There, now you’re good. I doubt it will work at Susan Spicer level places because they really aren’t for regular tourists.

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