Commander's Palace

Southern / Soul
Cajun / Creole
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–2:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–2:30 PM Sun: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

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