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Again...Galatoire's versus Commanders Palace...

I've read a lot of posts regarding these two institutions, but I can only have one more dinner.
Any suggestions, going to NOLA next week. Also going to August, Emeril's, Cochon, Brigtsen's.
Can't do both lunch and dinner. Thanks.

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    1. To me, Galatoire's is more of an experience type of place and is less about the food. The food there hasn't changed in a hundred years. In some ways that's good; in some ways that's not. That said, there are many things that Gal's does well. Search the board for some stuff to order. I'd give Gal's a 10 for New Orleans experience and a 7 for food.

      Commander's is more about the food. It's less of a traditional new orleans experience, even though the experience at Commander's is great. They can really make you feel at home. Probably because Commander's is in a big uptown home. I'd give Commander's an 8 for experience and an 8 for food. I will say that Commander's seems to be better for lunch than dinner - whatever that's worth.

      There's lots of good shrimp poboys. Crabby Jack's, Parkway, Domilise's, to name a few.

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      Crabby Jacks
      428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        I'm one of the big Commander's pushers on here but I agree that it shines for lunch. If you can swing that, do it for sure.

        My Galatoire's experience was... complicated. I'm going to hold off on final judgment until I can try it one more time.

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        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. I love them both, but if I could only choose one, I would make luncheon reservations at Commanders. The $0.25 martinis are the first thing to order, and ask the waitstaff to keep the garlic bread coming throughout the meal. I would have the 3 soups, Shrimp Henican and one of the luncheon specials. They have brought back my favorite dessert, the praline parfait, so I would recommend that.

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        1. re: TaTee

          One time they had a crawfish strudel that was sitting on top of some other lovely things (I really wish I would remember what) that was just out of this world. I could eat that every day!

        2. If you rush your meal at either one you will miss much of what it is all about. Commander's is probably your best bet since Galatoire's takes some people time to learn. The Commander's "experience" is more akin to what :"fine dining" is thought to be elsewhere although it still has its distinct style. It has been, I've noted before, a roller coaster place for over thirty years but when it is on, it is bang-on, and evidently it is doing well right now--but I still cannot get the memory of that dreadful coffee out of my mind.

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          Galatoire's Restaurant
          209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: hazelhurst

            Thanks for all your tips! I'm having a hard time trying to get to all the food in a mere 4 +1/2 days!

          2. We had a great meal at Commander's, and food that would have been more at home at a nursing home cafeteria at Galatoire's. The sweetbreads were completely devoid of salt, the asparagus was overcooked, and one of the sauces was broken. It was JazzFest in 08, but so was our Commander's visit (as well as MiLa, which was also excellent).

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            Galatoire's Restaurant
            209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: Coconuts

              I like the nursing home cafateria line..reminds me of Quentin Crisp's shot at Wilton's which he said wass favored by the english aristocracy becuae it reminded them of bland food served in their childhood by nannies....

              Send the asparagus back.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                When *absolutely nothing* is prepared with any care at all, there's no reason to bother sending anything back.

                1. re: Coconuts

                  Well, no one learns that way.

                  I'll make sure they hear the complaint.

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    So it looks like Galatoire's has won the spot, my friend really wants the atmosphere, we'll try and order carefully. Also will go to Central Grocery, Mr B's,Parkway, Cochon and either Dookie Chase or Willie Mae's (yup, fried chicken) for lunches. Phew, anyone ever see the movie La Grande Bouffe?

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                    Cochon
                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                    Galatoire's Restaurant
                    209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                    1. re: ernie0716

                      Now you only have to figure out which lunch you're going to swap out for Commander's! ;) (seriously, do this)