Restaurant - Las Vegas
Gerloff and Esrin Gozukizil
||When it comes to eating at our favorite restaurant,
Commander’s Palace, the only thing the Princess and the Frog
disagree about is that she likes Cajun Martinis and he likes Dirty
Martinis. The Dirty Martini is made with olive juice, is
less spicy, has a smoother taste, and whatever it lacks in oomph
can be compensated for by requesting that the lip be rimed with
their special Cajun spice concoction.
Whenever the Princess and the Frog are in Las Vegas, we always, always,
go to Commander’s Palace. Located at 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South,
Suite 730, it’s just inside the Aladdin hotel’s shopping arcade, the
Aladdin Passage, which they’ve modeled after a Moroccan souq. For
reservations, definitely a must, call 702-892-8272.
Santino, the Maitre D’, greets everybody at the door so warmly
you’d think you were related to him. He runs an efficient,
friendly place where the food and the service are both exceptional.
Commander’s is an offshoot of the original in New Orleans and serves
Creole and Cajun cuisine. It’s been open in Las Vegas for almost
two years and has done well despite the recent financial troubles of the
Aladdin hotel. Commander’s has won numerous local awards for
service, preparation and it’s cuisine.
Appetizers range from $8.50 to $12; entrees from $30 to $36, while the
tasting menu will set you back $85, but does include wine with each
course. Their wine list is large and varied, both for bottles and by
the glass. I have found their sommelier to be helpful in choosing
the right wine at the right price while not being in the least bit
On a recent night, there for a friends fortieth birthday, our table
started with several orders of the spicy-sweet Tasso Shrimp Henican and
the Crispy Alligator. For entrees, the BBQ Seafood Stew is their
specialty, and the encrusted fish of the day is superb. Some in our
party had the grilled escalade, which drew raves, the veal chop, which was
cooked to perfection, and the fillet, which came with garlic mashers and
spicy onion slivers.
Desserts are a little disappointing. I thought the chocolate
pecan pie, really more of a tort, wasn’t as good as something from Marie
Calendar’s, but the Black Out Cake was very good. Their signature
dessert is the Bread Pudding Soufflé. It takes time to prepare and
your waiter will ask you at the time you order your entrees.
Make sure you try the Beignets and coffee in the morning, or like us,
for brunch. $6 for the best coffee, with steamed milk on the side,
and fresh, warm beignets served with a delicious café au lait caramel
sauce for dipping.
If you’ve had an especially hard night, not uncommon in Vegas,
Commander’s makes the best Bloody Mary (or Virgin) I ever tasted with
lots of fresh ingredients like slivers of horseradish you can see AND
taste, and enough spices to make you sit up and take notice.
Jazz Brunch has been expanded to include Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
and runs from 11:30 to 3:00 and costs $35. You can also order ala
Carte off the menu and entrees start at $21.50. Or, you can be like
us, have a couple Bloody Marys, drink steaming coffee, and dunk hot
beignets all on the cheap, while listening to the Dixieland jazz of The
David Poe trio.
Whether it’s for steak or seafood, dinner or brunch, Commander’s
Palace will not disappoint.
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Gerloff and Esrin Gozukizil are a husband and wife team specializing in world travel and fine dining. Jon is a writer currently working on his second novel. Esrin works in television development for a major production company.
You can reach the authors at: JonGerloff@aol.com (Jon Gerloff and Esrin Gozukizil)