Palace Café, New Orleans, LA Report #106


This restaurant is run by a member of the famous, New Orleans Brennan restaurant family.  It’s located on Canal Street, which happens to be the widest street in the United States, and the very western edge of the French Quarter.  The place is beautiful inside.  At night you can’t miss the huge yellow and green neon sign (last pic).

The service is fantastic.  As soon as I was seated a waiter comes up and identifies himself as my personal bartender, saying he’d be taking care of all my drinks.  All I drink is water so his job was easy.  I love when they leave a bottle of water on the table.  Makes their job easier and I don’t have to flag someone down to refill my water glass.

Next, a lovely young Creole girl comes up and says she’ll be taking care of my food order.  I decided on the Crabmeat Cheesecake, a cup of Seafood Gumbo, Shrimp Tchefuncte and the Blueberry Gentilly Cake for dessert.  When I ordered the Shrimp Tchefuncte, pronounced “Cha-funk-chuh”, she asked, Are you a local”?  I said, “Yes, born and raised in New Orleans”.  She replied, “I could tell.  You pronounced “Tchefuncte” perfectly”!  Then when I ordered the cake for dessert she said, “Since you’re a local the dessert is on the house”!  **HINT, HINT**!!!  She also asked if I’d mind getting the gumbo first, since that was already made.  I told her that was fine.

The gumbo was great.  Generous serving too for a cup.  Almost rivaled my excellent homemade gumbo.  Almost.

After that they brought out a nice, hot, crusty loaf of French bread with softened butter.  Not sure why this wasn’t the first thing out, but it was really good.  I love hot French bread.

Next was the Crabmeat Cheesecake, which they describe as their signature dish.  I loved it.  If you dine here you’ve got to try it. I can’t think of anywhere else I’ve had a dish like this.

At this point I was thinking my eyes were bigger than my stomach because I was getting pretty full, but the Shrimp Tchefuncte, which was my entrée, wasn’t very big.  For the price I felt it should have had more than 5 shrimp in it, but either way the dish was utterly delicious.  The grits were nice and creamy and the creole meuniere sauce was fantastic.

When I ordered the blueberry cream cheese cake for dessert my waitress said it was the best dessert on the menu.  Well, they always say something like that to try and make you feel like a genius, so you’ll give them a bigger tip.  In this case she may have been telling the truth.  It was seriously yummy.

Great service, great food, I highly recommend this place.

605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA  70130  Ph: 504-523-1661

Blaine 6-24-2018


Back at the Palace Café for lunch today.  Pictured in this order are the Shrimp Remoulade, Crab Claws Bordelaise, Creole Farm Egg Skillet, Shrimp Tchefuncte and the Café Eggs Benedict.  Dining tip.  If you get the Crab Bordelaise get some extra French bread to soak up the sauce after you finish the crab claws.  Everything was DELICIOUS!

605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA  70130  Ph: 504-523-1661

Blaine 3-17-2019

5 thoughts on “Palace Café, New Orleans, LA Report #106

  1. Pam made this referral. I’m so happy she did. I had the Crabmeat Cheesecake. It was to die for! I loved it! They even gave me the recipe.😀 I also had the Pecan Crusted Catfish, it was delicious as well! Service was great! Claude was our very personable server. I highly recommend the Palace Cafe.

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