Commander’s Palace

I’m doing some business with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and my contact, Carl, took me to lunch today at Commander’s Palace. We were seated upstairs overlooking the garden.

As plenty of other people have written and spoken, Commanders is an institution in the city. From being greeted by every single employee as you enter, to the coordinated placement of the food, to the food itself, it is quintessentially New Orleanian. It is also a food lovers paradise.

Before we even glanced at the menus (but after learning of the Friday Martini deal – twenty five cents!), they brought out an amuse bouche that was almost dessert with the sweet citrus flavor.

amuse bouche

I had the turtle soup as a starter and it had just the right touch of spice. For the main course, I went with the Shrimp and Grits.

shrimp and grits

The grits were creamy and silky smooth and the shrimp was seasoned to perfection.  The sauce was good enough that I was tempted to sop the remaining bit of bread in it to enjoy every last morsel.

Even though we were both full, we ended with dessert. The Bread Pudding Souffle was light and delicious but the Peach Shortcake was outstanding – fresh and sweet and a perfect ending to the meal.

dessert cp

As always, the service was excellent. Everyone who came to the table had a smile and the placement of food was impeccable and professional. Our glasses were refilled before they reached the halfway point.

All and all it was an amazing and enlightening meal.

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