Commander’s Palace—an eye-catching turquoise and white Victorian building nestled in the middle of New Orleans’ tree-lined Garden District—is a city landmark known for the award-winning quality of its food and its convivial atmosphere. The history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans’ antebellum past. From its founding in 1880, it has been the go-to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm. Originally built by Emile Commander as a wedding gift for a daughter who never married, Commander’s Palace evolved into a culinary legend, a legend that was passed on to the Brennan restaurateur clan in 1969 when they acquired the restaurant.
A steady parade of renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Jamie Shannon, and now Tory McPhail, have worked at the esteemed eatery, and its leading-edge Haute Creole cuisine reflects the best of the city, and the Brennan family’s dedication to perfection has never wavered. “We feel we have a very serious responsibility to carry on the work that my family has done and to always strive for the next level,” says Lally Brennan. ”It is a major responsibility, because I expect if of myself and New Orleans expects it of us.”
Modern New Orleans cooking meets Haute Creole in the hands of James Beard Award-Winning Executive Chef Tory McPhail, who has been at the helm of Commander’s Palace’s kitchen since 2002. His fascination with Creole and Louisiana cuisine inspires his menus, which display the wealth of farm-fresh products and bayou gifts.
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130