1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
1 month ago
Commander’s Palace opened in the 1890s and is the quintessential New Orleans restaurant. This Garden District landmark serves all of the local staples, like turtle soup, gumbo, and barbecue shrimp, and it’s a great option for when getting a little dressed up sounds fun. If you want to drink 25 cent martinis while doing so though, head to Commander’s for lunch, when you can get two courses for under $25 and a few cocktails that will collectively cost you less than a dollar. Depending on how you feel afterward, check out the historic Lafayette Cemetery across the street, since pregaming a trip to a cemetery completely makes sense here.
5 months ago
The convivial Garden District grand dame is a six-time James Beard Award winner that’s so famous it’s spawned a documentary. Here, balloons top each table and the hospitality sets the bar for restaurants everywhere, with executive chef Tory McPhail’s “haute Creole cuisine” equally magical, particularly the turtle soup, a shrimp and ham starter, and any preparation of Gulf fish. Commander's invented the jazz brunch, and the restaurant sits in a Victorian-era mansion across from a New Orleans graveyard, demonstrating the New Orleans attitude of decadence and fun in spite of it all.