If you’ve come to New Orleans looking for an all-caps CLASSIC restaurant, head to Commander’s Palace in the Garden District, where every table is treated like Carnival royalty. Regulars know to call a full year in advance to snag tables for certain days, like the Friday before Mardi Gras when members of local parading krewes will greet friends and toss beads from table to table.
You’ll still need a reservation for a more typical afternoon where you can have the sort of long, lazy lunch that involves many, many courses. Make sure you order the turtle soup (and yes, you do want the sherry to top it off) and ask for the bread pudding, which takes a little extra time, at the start of your meal. Oh, and don’t forget about one of the greatest lunch specials ever: the 25-cent martinis.