NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Galatoire's Restaurant on Bourbon Street is a classy place that requires men to wear a coat. Today, man's best friend did even better - sporting tails.
It was a gourmet meal fit for a king and a queen, with lamb chops served on white linens.
"The crème de la crème - it's like this," said waiter John Fontenot. "Very thick, a good eye, very thick and juicy. Medium is the best way to eat the lamb chop. Medium."
The guests of honor - two canines with crowns: King Alex and Queen Nee Nee, once rescue dogs and now royalty in this year's Krewe of Barkus parade. Their feast and new-found fame are welcome treats.
"Nee Nee has had a long week of interviews and appearances," said her owner, Elizabeth Sprang. "Today is the quintessential - I mean, a dog eating at Galatoire's?
It's a meal that today somehow means a little more. Nee Nee found a loving home last April after years of abuse. Her new owner said the dog's front leg was broken so many times over the past decade, the only choice was amputation.
Alex was found weighing just over 40 pounds.
"Alex survived eating rocks and twigs because it was the only thing available to him," said owner Diane Lundeen. "He did what he had to do because he's smart."
Today he's getting his spoils, and as you might expect, the lamb was gone, lickety split.
And with that, the new Barkus royalty began their reign. With 2016 being an election year, the theme for the parade is political: "From the Dog House to the White House." So before Alex took office, he faced a few hard questions.
"What is on your domestic agenda first and foremost?" this reporter asked. "Sir, it is a dog-eat-dog world in the political arena?"
But Alex was mum. Or perhaps just taking a brief "paws" before he answered.
Take all the time you want, Alex. You and your queen deserve every bite.
More than 2,000 thousand dogs are expected when the Krewe of Barkus marches Sunday at 2 p.m. The parade begins at Armstrong Park and will proceed into the French Quarter.