Commander’s Palace, one of the gems of the Brennan family’s wide umbrella of New Orleans hospitality empire, is a beautiful restaurant.  On a lazy, lush-green street (ominously across from a cemetery), the bright sign for Commander’s Palace Restaurant buzzes alongside the row of lanterns.  If I had a horse-drawn carriage, it would seem an appropriate entrance to the scene.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace There are multiple floors, all white tablecloth’d and dimly lit.  I felt transported to a different era, one of antebellum over-civility – and for that reason, I felt slightly out of place.  But would I allow that to get in the way of enjoying butter-laden food?

C’mon.

We kicked off with heirloom tomato salad with gorgonzola.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Tomato Bleu Cheese Salad Shrimp with pickled okra and hot pepper jelly.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Shrimp Pickled Okra Pepper Jelly Gumbo.  With smoked ham or ham hock or something fucking delicious.  Rich and smoky and RICH.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Gumbo Myra got some pecan-crusted fish, with a creamy sweet corn sauce and Prosecco-poached Louisiana blue crab.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Fish Crab Cream Sauce I had the chicory coffee-lacquered quail, with risotto and greens, plus a little more Tabasco pepper jelly.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Coffee Lacquered Quail Plus a side of the Prosecco-poached crab.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace CrabWe went with a trio of desserts, because why not?  The bread pudding soufflé.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Souffle I don’t remember what flavor the ice cream was – Creole cream cheese, maybe?  Something dope, but super heavy.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Ice Cream Speaking of heavy, check out these phenomenal fig beignets.  These, honestly, were probably the highlight of the night.  My quail was pretty good, and the gumbo knocked my socks off, but nowhere else during the trip did I have anything quite as unabashedly decadent.  It was absolutely a Devil-may-care order, because we’d already had a bajillion courses before this came to the table.House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Fig Beignets See what I mean when I say antebellum?House of Hao's New Orleans Louisiana Commander's Palace Dining RoomCommander’s Palace
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
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