The South’s Best Restaurant 2017: Commander’s Palace

A restaurant that embodies the phrase “only in New Orleans.”

Commander’s Palace is a neighborhood restaurant in the way that New Orleans is an American city.

Although true, there is nowhere else like either. A massive mansion adjacent to an ancient cemetery and traditional double-gallery-style houses, its misfit look has been called “Victorian Cuckoo.” Its big, boisterous exterior, painted unapologetically bright aqua, alludes to what’s inside.