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August or Commander's Palace?

Am curious for some feedback. I have one big dinner in New Orleans - Christmas Eve - and am trying to pick between August and Commander's Palace. I understand August to be pretty amazing, and Commander's Palace to be a little more traditional NO fare. We're in from New York so if August is more of a ... New York style place that happens to be in New Orleans, I might be inclined to go with Commander's Palace. BUT my instinct is for August - how much of a local cuisine and flavor factors into the tasting menu at August?

Basically I'm looking to be convinced that yes, August has some authentic New Orleans taste to it and I should go for that ... or no, its just like eating in New York City ... in which case I'd probably opt for Commander's Palace.

They are both open that night.

thanks!

Dec 12, 2009
benjamin11238 in New Orleans