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Commander’s Palace: A New Orleans Classic!

Commanders Palace
New Orleans is home to some of the most original and well known restaurants in the world.  Commander’s Palace stands out as a “must do.”  Experience the graciousness of a bygone era. This is dining at its finest with impeccable service and mouth watering classic Creole dishes.   Located in the heart of the Garden  District this culinary tradition is run by  the world famous Brennan family, a powerhouse of culinary culture and success .  They Many famous chefs, including Emeril, have gotten their start at this legendary restaurant.

Commander’s Palace was the first restaurant to bring the wonderful and unique tradition of the Jazz Brunch to New Orleans.  Jazz Brunch is world- renowned and an unforgettable experience.

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Reveillon Dinners

Reveillon is a French word meaning “awakening”. In the Creole days of New Orleans it described a meal, which was served on Christmas Eve following midnight mass. Early settlers of New Orleans were Catholic, and the entire community emerged to participate in the ceremonies. After mass, families would come home to a massive feast, already prepared and laid out. A typical reveillon menu resembled breakfast, several egg dishes, puddings and breads, but also could offer rich dishes like turtle soup, gumbo’s, oysters and grillades of veal. Of course, Creoles accompanied this rich food with wines and cordials. The dinners lasted for hours, and even sometimes until dawn.
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25 Cent Martini’s at Commander’s Palace

Commander’s Palace is the diamond of New Orleans restaurants,  where you’ll experience the graciousness of a bygone era.   This is dining at its finest with impeccable service.    Jazz Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday and is world-renowned.

Visit Commanders during the week day to take advantage of their lunch specials.    You’ll  experience the food, ambiance and service at a very reasonable price  And who can turn down 25 cent martini’s!    And for dessert, there’s no question, you must try  the bread pudding souffle  by far the city’s best desserts.

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Brigtsen’s Restaurant

Do you know, that at this moment New Orleans has 1111 restaurants! Over 300  new establishments have opened since  Katrina. We may not do some things right in Louisiana but we do know how to enjoy food!

This will be the beginning of a new blog category. we will call it simply New Orleans Restaurants. It is  only my humble review. Before you make dining reservations for your next visit to our fun city check our blog archives for a locals perspective.

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The Old Absinthe House , 200 years of New Orleans History

One of the top historical stops in the French Quarter is the Old Absinthe House. This landmark is located at the intersection of Bourbon and Bienville. The bar was named the Absinthe Room when drinking absinthe grew in popularity in New Orleans.

Despite its nasty side effects – delirium , kidney failure, hallucinatory fugues and death – absinthe was hugely fashionable among  Victorian Orleanians and especially favored by  the musicians, madams of Storyville, the poets and artists in the French Quarter. The Absinthe Room was the epicenter of the absinthe fad , and its infamous cocktail attracted famous patrons. Oscar Wilde, Mark twain, Robert E. Lee, Sarah Bernhardt and Walt Whitman were among those that stopped in for a taste. Mixologist, Cayetano Ferrer created the absinthe frappe, a mind numbing mixture of absinthe and anisette poured over ice.

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New Orleans Po’Boy’s at Domilise’s

Over the years , so many feet have lingered in front of the sandwich counter at Domilises’s Po’Boy shop waiting for the sandwiches, that a shallow, uneven hole has been worn into the linoleum- exposing flooring of the past.

The shop opened around 1929 as an informal neighborhood bar in a room attached to Peter Domilises’s house at the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle Streets.  It was frequented mostly by Mr. Domilise’s countrymen from Sicily. Eventually they built a sandwich bar on the annunciation Street side of the room, selling po’boys exclusively.

After World War II, the business passed to the Domilises’ son, Sam. Sam was a civic leader in this working class Uptown neighborhood, and after hours, the shop became a sort of unofficial municipal meeting room, where members of the community would gather to discuss the pressing issues of the 13th ward.

Sam Domilises died in 1981, and now the shop is run by Dot Domilise- “Miss Dot” to anyone who’s been there more than once. It remains a humlberoom, with walls of wooden paneling and a drop ceiling. Behind the beverage bar is an informal beer cam museum, which showcases yellowing tin cans of Jax, Dixie and Falstaff.

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New Orleans Sno-Balls

New Orleanians care less about the passing of winter, spring, summer and fall than they do the many gustatory seasons that come and go each year. Autumn is soft shell crab season. Winter brings oysters. In spring, the air in the city turns pungent with crawfish boiling spices. But summer belongs to a man made treat….the SNO-BALL.

The custom of eating sweetened snow supposedly began with the Roman Empire, but in New Orleans, the practice took off in 1934, when Ernest Hansen invented a device called “Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.” Sno-Bliz, a motorized ice shaver, took the labor out of sno-ball preparation, which, in the pre-Hansen era, required a lot of hard work with a hand plane.

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