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Legendary Commander's Palace Now in Las Vegas

By R. H. Duke

Las Vegas continues to attract world class restaurants in meeting the demands of sophisticated palates of visitors and local Epicureans. The latest entry into the growing dining arena is Commander's Palace, a New Orleans landmark for over 120 years. For the past 24 of those years this award winning restaurant has been under the ownership of the legendary Brennan Family developing their personal touch to Creole and American cuisine. This famous eatery has also nurtured and produced several celebrity chefs including Paul Pruhdomme and Emeril Lagasse.

Brad Brennan, third generation of the New Orleans family of restaurateurs, debuted Commander’s Palace, Las Vegas, November 2000, and with it their New Orleans warm hospitality and style of food. Commander’s Palace offers "cutting edge" cuisine with the bold cooking style and flavors of that city's renowned heritage.

In appealing to a wide spectrum of patrons, designers and architects certainly considered the diversity of guests' comfort with five intimate dining rooms, each with its' own distinct character and ambience, to enhance its' individual mood and dining experience. There is the “bistro-styled” main dining room for that casual feeling; the stunning “wine room” for the sophisticates seeking the added touch of panache; the colorful “garden room” to absorb that bright and airy outdoor experience. And there is the "grill room” and the “parlor” for your traditional comfort. For the final touch, look for al fresco dining where you can experience patio dining on the fringes of the sidewalk while viewing the action of the bustling Las Vegas Strip, weather permitting.

Not to be upstaged by the stunning ambience and warm hospitality that is certain to enhance the dining experience, the food takes center stage. Numerous specialties created at the original Commander's Palace appear on the menu. Creole favorites as Turtle Soup Au Sherry; Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes; Louisiana Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish, and Gulf Coast Seafood Gumbo all excite and invigorate the taste buds. And Lamb Chops, Veal Chops, Seafood, Prime Beef as well as daily specialties prepared with intense Louisiana flavors makes dining at Commander's Palace a culinary event.

A dinner is not complete without the famous Bananas Foster, the original family classic dessert now duplicated around the world. Equally outstanding desserts include the unique Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé served with velvety Bourbon Whiskey Sauce, and the incomparable traditional New Orleans French Quarter Beignets.

The Brennan Family tradition of personal service, New Orleans unique style of hospitality, and their passion for food adds up to a memorable dining experience, not to be missed. "It's not policy, it's just what we do" says Brad Brennan ..."as if we were welcoming you into our homes.” This Philosophy has been embraced by General Manager Michael Smith and Maitre d’ James Valdez.

Commander’s Palace is located at the India Gate (South) Entrance to Desert Passage - adjacent to the Aladdin Hotel. Open daily 11-30 A.M. - 9:30 P.M. (until 10.30 P.M. weekends). Dress code is “fashionable business.” Reservations suggested, (702) 892-8272.

R.H. Duke is a former restaurateur and a Las Vegas restaurant critic who says “Fine Dining is one of Life’s Greatest Pleasures!”


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