Commander’s Palace New Orleans
I’m so in love with Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, LA. Around since the late 1800’s, Commander’s Palace is a New Orleans landmark and deservedly so. I stopped by for brunch and it was seriously spectacular. And there was also an unexpected appearance made by Reese Witherspoon as the roaming musicians picked her up for a little dance around the room.
Currently the kitchen is lead by Chef Tory McPhail, who has previous appeared on Top Chef.
My brunch started off with a bottle of champagne and a rye whiskey Perfect Manhattan. Always a nice way to start off a meal. Then I moved onto the Shrimp and Tasso Henican. Blown away. I felt like such an asshole because I loved it so much I didn’t offer to share it with anymore and I think people noticed and didn’t ask to take a bite. The Shrimp and Tasso Henican is a dish of shrimp stuffed with ham tossed in hot sauce and arranged atop a bed of pickled okra and five pepper jelly. Sweet, savory, crunchy and spicy, it was Heaven on a plate.
I then moved onto the Cochon De Lait Eggs Benedict with a side of Cracked-Corn Mascarpone Grits. I was so torn between the eggs benedict and the Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish, but I love me some Eggs Benedict. It was a very rich dish of 12-hour BBQ pork shoulder over bacon biscuits, poached eggs, herb salad and a hot sauce hollandaise. I actually can’t remember the last time I had a dish this rich. A tad too bit heavy for me, but definitely didn’t stop me from eating it. The grits were very addicting, creamy and satisfying.
It was extremely hard for me to decide on a dessert to finish off my meal. They all looks so wonderful and lovely, but in the end I figured I had to go with the Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé. Light, airy and perfectly cooked, it wasn’t too sweet and was a lovely way to end the Commander’s Palace experience.