I asked someone what we should do in New Orleans (I don’t remember who because I asked like 80 people) and someone recommended Commander’s Palace. Whoever it was - thank you!
We went to brunch there on Sunday before we headed out. Sunday brunch there is fancy - you must dress up - and it was nearly impossible to get a reservation because it was Father’s Day. There were no bookings online, so I called, and we got one of two openings left.
The staff were very gracious. It surpassed my expectations by far. We both noticed we were the only people of color in the building aside from one waiter - but we received the same standard of service as everyone else. Believe it or not, that doesn’t always happen when we’re in those types of environments, especially in the South. We’re sensitive to that type of thing, but it was all good.
I ordered turtle soup to start and Marquette ordered gumbo. The gumbo was great, the turtle soup (which they’re famous for), was…. Well all I could think about was the fact that I was eating turtle meat. I tried to get past it - it was definitely flavorful and turtle meat has the same texture as crawfish - but yeah it was just hard for me to eat.
Marquette ordered the blueberry flapjacks with braised duck (different version of chicken and waffles?) and I had the pecan crusted gulf fish with prosecco poached crab meat [OMG IT WAS HEAVEN!!!]. I didn’t eat much of his because I don’t like blueberries but it was good as far as blueberries go.
For dessert he ordered some type of bizarre sundae with everything under the sun, and I ordered the bread pudding souffle. I don’t typically go for bread pudding but they said it’s one of the dishes they were famous for so I got it. It. was. Amazing. Omg, there are no words. If you go, you MUST order that. And go heavy on the whiskey sauce. So good.
The bill for the meal was NOT small - I’ve heard lunch is just as good and they have inexpensive specials **including** 25 cent martinis. Next time we go to New Orleans I would love to go for lunch. It was right by a cemetery which I would’ve loved to explore if we didn’t have to get on the road, so I would check that out if you decide go!