Commander’s Palace Opens Le Petit Bleu

The blue and white striped-awninged home of Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé and exemplary service launched a mini-me! More specifically Le Petit Bleu, a “crêperie, café and marché,” a petit homage to the crêperies of Paris, right here in the Garden District. Commander’s Palace Executive Chef Meg Bickford created a menu inspired by Ti and Lally’s many trips to Paris with Miss Ella, with breakfast, lunch and early dinner offerings touting a “New Haute Creole twist.”

Along with Italian espresso coffee drinks and canned cocktails, guests can eat in the little blue cafe or get their Commander’s to-go, dishes like turtle soup, white bean cassoulet, cinnamon streusel coffee cake muffins and, the pièce de résistance, both sweet and savory crepes. I’m eyeing the “The Cajun” with charred chili pork boudin, peppery arugula and chicken liver mousse, and the “Bananas Faster” because I want my bananas and I want them NOW!

“It’s our little jewel box of a crêperie, with bold marble countertops and blue and white patterned tile floors,” says Lally Brennan, co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace. “Grab a yellow cafe chair or banquette seat for a cappuccino and some Commander’s Candied Pecan Biscotti for breakfast. We hope you’ll stop in for a crêpe or frozen drink, a salad to go, a dog biscuit for Bowser or just to say ‘Bonjour!’”

Anurag Nema of Nema Workshop—who also designed Commander’s Palace’s recently renovated Patio Room—led the design of Le Petit Bleu.

Le Petit Bleu is open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and is located at 1427 Washington Avenue, right next to the big blue herself.

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