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A Victorian Fantasy in New Orleans

By Linda Tancs

Turrets, columns and gingerbread aren’t the usual fare associated with architecture in New Orleans.  But then again, anything goes in the Big Easy.  In the middle of the Garden District you’ll find a turquoise and white Victorian dream known as Commander’s Palace, a restaurant known for its cuisine–and famous guests–since 1880.  Located on Washington Avenue just steps from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, this is where Emile Commander entertained folks like Mark Twain and Confederate Jefferson Davis.  Nowadays it’s particularly known for its festive weekend jazz brunch, featuring a special menu and live New Orleans jazz by Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.


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