Commander’s Palace and Brennan’s have both earned spots on Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 search for America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants. Each year, the magazine’s team of editors combs the nation in search of restaurants that they feel reflect the best, brightest and most progressive wine and food experiences available today.
Categorized by special features and trends rather than by a ranking system, this year’s 100 Best Wine Restaurant List includes 24 “Classics,” restaurants at least a decade old that continue to be on the forefront of the national wine and food conversation. Both Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace have received spots in the “Classics” category. Beyond that, the magazine’s website also offers the “riot dishes” - dishes that could cause a riot if they dared take them off the menu. Brennan’s Bananas Fosters and Commander’s Palace’s Shrimp and Tasso Henican were both featured as riot dishes.
The magazine can’t scope every restaurant in the nation, but both restaurants chosen from New Orleans secured spots due to their consistently impressive selection of wine and food, as well as atmosphere and service. "This is a highly subjective list reflecting Wine Enthusiast’s dedication to not only legendary wine establishments but also those that are reflecting or pushing new and exciting trends in the market," explains Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast. More information about the competition can be found on the magazine’s website.