Palace Cafe – New Orleans

This Dickie Brennan person has a gazillion restaurants in New Orleans. Palace Cafe is just one of them on Canal St. It’s a pretty big and impressive place, totally Parisian feeling, with a spiral staircase and all. They bring out warm bread in a paper bag, and it’s really good. I had some cocktail with strawberries and basil and that was quite refreshing. The basil seems like a strange idea, but trust me, it’s good stuff.
I wanted to get my fill of gumbo while I was here, so I started with the chicken and sausage gumbo with rotisserie chicken and locally made andouille sausage. Super good.
We had a vegetarian with us so they made him up a pasta primavera with these gorgeous looking grilled veggies.
The server told us that the rib-eye and shrimp was the most popular dish on the menu. So you know N had to get it. Man, this thing was impressive. And the shrimp were absolutely ginormous. He forced me to try one and damn, they were tasty.
I got the shrimp tchefuncte. I don’t have any idea how to pronounce this dish but it sure was good. It is a creole meuniére sauce, whatever that is, and includes tons of tons of roasted mushrooms. Ok, so I didn’t eat the mushrooms because I didn’t care for them, but the shrimp and the sauce were awesome. And this “popcorn rice” was crazy buttery.
I also found out that R is crazy about desserts. So he got the dark chocolate and walnut brownie covered with chocolate ganache and served with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Hot diggity damn. I’m not even a brownie person, but this thing was sick. It is beyond good.
He also forced us to get the white chocolate bread pudding, so it didn’t look like he was the only dessert hog around here. This is their specialty dessert, and it’s a white chocolate cake baked inside bread pudding, smothered with a warm white chocolate ganache. When you think of bread pudding you don’t picture something coming out that looks like a piece of cake but seriously, this thing was good. For those of you into vanilla more than chocolate, this is the dessert for you.
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