Crescent City Celebration

Commander’s Palace in New Orleans offers a spirited menu steeped in Southern cocktail culture

Crescent City Celebration
Lally Brennan (left) and her cousin Ti Adelaide Martin (right) co-own New Orleans staple Commander's Palace, a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner since 2012. At center are executive chef Meg Bickford and “wine guy” Dan Davis. (Denny Culbert)
From the Nov 30, 2022, issue

“I hate the history,” says Ti Adelaide Martin, co-owner with her cousin Lally Brennan of Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. “I don’t care. That’s not what we’re about. Yes, it’s slightly interesting that some restaurants in New Orleans are much older. But what’s more interesting to me is what you’re trying to do now, and what we’re pushing toward is so cool. We’re just not going to stand still. It’s just not who we are.”

Learn more about the restaurant and get recipes for a cocktail-inspired menu—including jumbo lump blue crab Ramos gin fizz, briny oyster and absinthe bisque, Sazerac barbecue braised shank and figgy bread pudding—complete with recommended wine pairings. 

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