|Jazz Street Musician|
|World Famous Bourbon Street|
|Photo Courtesy of Commander's Palace|
Before I tell you about the food, let me give you a little of its history. To say this place has won awards is an understatement. They have been named Best Restaurant in New Orleans for three years straight; they've received the title of Most Popular Restaurant in New Orleans by Zagat for 18 years; their Executive Chef, Tory McPhail, won the James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Chef South"; the restaurant received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Award; and they also won the Wine Spectator Grand Award. I think the accolades speak for themselves, but there is nothing like personally living out the experience to see if in fact it merits all the hoopla.
While we relaxed in the luxurious setting, sipping on a glass of wine, the chef brought out an Amuse Bouche to awaken our palate. It was a bite of flavorful lamb belly and vegetables, lightly placed on a brioche and drizzled with a honey-based sauce. We were ready...
|Lamb Belly Amuse Bouche|
|Half Shell Oysters|
|Smoked Red Fish and Caviar|
|Le Coup du Milieu|
|Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope|
|Peach and Sweet Tea Cake|
While you can obviously conclude that a meal at Commander's Palace is not going to be inexpensive, it really is very reasonable for the level of excellence they provide. The Chef's Playground White Table Cloth BBQ we indulged in was only $65 per person for the five courses, and they offer a local craft beer pairing from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, for only $20 more. If wine is your thing, you can choose a specially selected wine pairing instead for an additional $43.25. Personally, I found the price to be extremely reasonable and am so excited about returning to Commander's Palace on a future trip to the Big Easy.
And while I was planning out my other foodie stops, I happened to find out they own several other restaurants in the area, including a newer one called SoBou. This one is a more trendy spot, but after dining there as well, I can tell they are owned by the same family and also hold themselves to the same high standards. The meal was amazing and it also ranked high on our list.
For more information on Commander's Palace, or to make reservations (which I encourage you to do), you can visit their website or call them at 504-899-8221.