This notable New Orleans spot offers refined Creole fare in a historic setting. The Garden District landmark has been around since 1893 and has since won six James Beard Foundation awards, in part due to its seamless execution of its "dirt to plate within 100 miles" policy, which strives for 90% of ingredients to come from within 100 miles of the back door. Come in for inspired (and environmentally-friendly!) offerings like cypress smoked Muscovy duck and shrimp and pork belly carbonara.
When Meg Bickford took charge of the kitchen of Commander's Palace in October 2020, she became the first female executive chef in the long and storied history of this Garden District icon, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary with special events and offerings throughout the year. Bickford has evolved the restaurant's signature “Haute Creole” cuisine, adding inventive touches to longtime favorites and debuting new creations. The kitchen aims to source 90% of its ingredients from within 100 miles of its back door, an approach that yields hyperlocal standout dishes like Breaux Bridge crawfish strudel, cast iron-seared wild Gulf shrimp with creamy saffron risotto, and a 48-hour, tasso-brined, double-cut pork chop with Mississippi blueberry pecan barbecue jus. In addition to the cuisine, Commander’s has long been famous for its exceptionally convivial atmosphere—expect to see balloons tied to chair after chair, with both locals and visitors celebrating birthdays and special occasions—and whimsical Louisiana charm, as evidenced by its famous blue-and-white striped exterior.
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