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A slice of New Orleans dining history — it opened in 1880 — this culinary landmark has long been collecting accolades for everything from its service to its wine list to its "haute Creole" cuisine. Two of its alumni, it might be noted, are Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. It’s still going strong, now with chef Tory McPhail at the ovens. The gold standard of family-run restaurants, Commander's Palace offers a dining experience that could win you over on its Southern charm alone — but you'd be remiss to not order the turtle soup, practically synonymous with the place, or to try one of the over-the-top specialties from the menu section headed "Chef Tory's Playground." An example? Maine lobster and squash blossom relleno, described as "A cracklin' crusted squash blossom stuffed with poached lobster knuckles, butternut squash, Creole cream cheese, and charred chilies over smoked — Maryse Chevriere
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Gambit's Best of New Orleans: Best Brunch
Bread pudding souffle
Ignore anyone who says not to spoil your appetite on the bread basket: The free buttery garlic bread at Commander’s Palace is absolutely justifiable. Via CityEats.com
Try the Bread Pudding Souffle - There are no words. Lighter than air, almost as good as life itself. (via @Foodspotting)
Gambit's Best of New Orleans Readers' Poll 2012 Winner: "Best New Orleans Restaurant", "Best Brunch", and "Best Lunch Specials"
Eating here was near the top of my bucket list and it did not disappoint. Splurge and get the chef's table. The restaurant itself is almost as beautiful as the food. Easily the best meal of my life.
Don’t miss traditional treats like turtle soup laced with sherry or bread pudding with whiskey sauce at the famous Commander’s Palace established in 1883. -Travel Editor
Jazz Brunch on Sundays usually includes a second line around the restaurant. The patio is beautiful, as is any room looking out onto it. And the 25cent Martini Lunch on Fridays is a must.
Bravo for winning "Best New Orleans Restaurant", "Best Brunch" and "Best Lunch Specials" in Gambit's 2011 Best of Poll. http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/food-and-drink/Content?oid=1872096
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse made his name at this genteel, Victorian-style, classic Creole restaurant in the Garden District. Open since 1880, it's a great place for old-school cocktails.
This is a dining experience that could win you over on its Southern charm alone. But you would be remiss to not order the turtle soup, it's practically synonymous with the place.
The bread pudding soufle is incredible
Commander's Palace is the essence of nuevo creole cuisine. Consistently ranked one of the top restaurants in the world, there is no better place than CP to experience the ultimate in food and service.
get the hibiscus martini! its so unique.
get the .25 cent martini!
This landmark serves up a Bloody Mary garnished w/ pickled okra, onions, olives, dilly bean and rims the glass w/ its own Cajun red pepper and tops it off w/ a little hot sauce.
Located in an old plantation house, the service is formal but the atmosphere is fun. Head over for the best Sunday brunch in the Big Easy - and try the absinthe-and-bacon-poached oysters!
The strawberry shortcake is a must-try! The strawberries are intensely flavorful, enhanced by being cooked in their own juices without sugar being added. So good! It's like a mouth orgasm.
The bread pudding is outstanding.
If you have enough advanced notice, you can request the "Chef's Table". It's a great experience.