Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, aka we don’t have school today woo! In honor of that, my roomie and I went to lunch at Commander’s Palace. Commander’s is famous for delicious food, fancy dress code, and 25 cent martini lunch (maximum of 4) on weekdays. Holy moly was our lunch delicious. We started with a Commander’s martini for me (vodka and blue curacao) and original for her (cranberry juice and vodka). Goddamn they were strong. I ordered 3 but only drank 2 to be honest. They brought us the most amazing fresh garlic bread as a starter. Note: never have I ever been to a restaurant where I wanted to order EVERYTHING on the menu. Until today. Everything looked amazing! We got the turtle soup to start (rich veal stock simmered slowly for 72 hours with minced snapping turtle, holy trinity & pressed hen’s eggs ~Finished tableside with aged sherry). Turtle is definitely a delicacy in New Orleans and it is delicious. We also got the crawfish tamale appetizer. The mole sauce that came with the tamale was the best part. For entrees, I got the Sugarcane Lacquered South Texas Quail (charred chili and popcorn rice boudin with tasso braised cabbage, sugarcane-rum vinegar glaze and Crystal Hot Sauce pepper jelly) and my roomie got the New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp (Seared Gulf shrimp crusted with rosemary, garlic and lemon zest over goat cheese grits with charred chilies & New Orleans barbecue butter). The grits were the best part of that dish for sure. And mine was fantastic! After seeing almost every table ordering these elaborate sundaes (hand-crafted vanilla ice cream with candied pecans and sticky New Orleans praline syrup), we put in an order to share one, and also an order of the famous bread pudding souffle (finished with whiskey cream sauce tableside). Best 3 hour lunch ever! 10/10 recommend!