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Commander's Palace lunch

I'll be making a return visit to New Orleans at the end of October and my goal is to visit some of the restaurants I've missed in the past. We're hoping to go to lunch at Commander's Palace at 11:30 on a Thursday, but we have a tour scheduled in the Garden District for 1:45...do you think this would be rushing it? Would 2 hours be enough time for lunch? I know Galatoire's is known for their long, leisurely lunches, but didn't know if Commander's had the same vibe. Also, should we be thinking about doing the jazz brunch instead of lunch? Is it a better experience?
Thank you for the help!

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  1. I haven't done the jazz brunch at Commander's but I've done lunch twice and two hours is enough time, assuming your tour starts nearby. It's not quite like Galatoire's in pacing but it's not rushed either. And don't forget, the lunch deals are amazingly affordable. You're going to have an amazing time. It's the best!

    1. 2 hrs should be good. will you be imbibing at lunch, and is this a walking tour?
      if so, pace yourself and get a go bevvie for the tour! cheers!

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        1. re: kukubura

          just be careful when ordering. I was offered the martini of the day, which turned out to be $6 and not the 25 cent.

          1. re: edible complex

            To be fair, the non-25c drinks are wonderful as well and well worth the money. The hibiscus martini is amazing. But, yeah, know which one you're ordering. We usually start with a special cocktail and then move on to a couple of cheapies.

            Other cocktails there I highly recommend: The Papa Doble and the Whiskey Smash. Even at full price they're a steal. $8 for a cocktail that in New York would probably be $18, and mixed up by a real master to boot.

      1. Reserve the garden room, 2 hrs. will be plenty of time. Perhaps August or Cuvee for Fri. lunch.

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        1. re: JazzyB

          Is Commander's Palace jackets required? Their site says recommended but can you get away with a nice button down shirt and nice jeans?

          1. re: steakrules85

            you'll likely find that people dress for Commander's, so you might want to step it up a bit.

        2. Thank you for all the feedback! I'll make sure to post a review after the trip.

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          1. re: AngelinaBallerina

            IS there any way to do the lunch or tour on a different day? I know that what I wear to lunch at CP, would not be what I would wear for a walking tour of the Garden District. You will love Commander's. Try to reserve the Garden Room for lunch.

            1. re: ScarlettNola

              It's so funny that you mentioned this because I've been thinking the same thing re: the clothes. I might be able to switch some things around...so far I've been planning this trip like a drill sergeant and every minute seems to be accounted for. I also, thought if I wore a sundress and heels for lunch I could just change shoes for the tour (I have a big purse and all kinds of things can fit in there!). :)

              1. re: AngelinaBallerina

                Carry some flip-flops and you should be good to go! If dining with a male companion, not sure what you can do to lose the jacket and uncomfortable shoes.

          2. just a quick q on the 0.25 martinis...so it's just well liquor, cuz i imagine you can't get a kettle one or grey goose martini for that little. all i know is i loves me a dirty martini...