The older I have gotten in life the more I have come to realize that when it comes to choosing between material things and experiencing things, the latter is much more fulfilling. The great thing about Commanders Palace, is that you can have both. It is a place where 250 plus staff are waiting to give you the eating experience of a lifetime at one of the oldest and most prestigious restaurants in the United States, but at the same time a place where you will definitely be getting top-notch food.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon before Commanders Palace was ready to reopen for dinner. The entire staff was gathered in the main dining room which they do before every meal to talk about the plans for the evening. I observed while a few people got busy polishing silverware, others rushed into the kitchen to start making preparations, and yet others went upstairs in this 15,000 square foot restaurant to perform yet other chores. It really gave me a sense of the attention to detail and care that the staff here goes into making every guest feel like kings. It actually did remind me a little of Beauty and Beast, but there were no talking candlesticks or singing table clocks.
We had a half hour to kill so decided to take a 30 minute walking tour of the Garden District where Commander’s Palace is located. We loved seeing the architecture and history of the homes here. I later became curious and asked the lobby manager if Katrina impacted the Commander’s Palace in any way. He told me they closed down for about a year due to some damage to the ceiling, but took the opportunity to make other renovations to the restaurant as well.
You can see some of the renovations to CP in these photos. This place was amazing and magical in a lot of ways.
The hors d’oeuvres were a harbinger of great things to come. They were amazing and little works of art.
One of the things I was most looking forward to was the turtle soup. It is one of the most famous items on the Commanders Palace dish and rightfully soup. It was a rich and delicious dish!
Even the salads here that seemed so simple were excellent!
I was pleased to see that the Awards menu which had two appetizers and two entrée didn’t make us choose between the two, but gave us a plate of each. The main courses were pecan crusted fish along with the black angus beef. I loved both of them!
And of course to finish off the meal was a creole bread pudding soufflé. Just saying that gets me excited. They were served hot, and then someone came and poured whiskey sauce in each one. Yummy!
It was a night that I’ll never forget and cherish for a long time.