December 22, 2015
Ti Martin is one of those New Orleans locals that embodies the city’s spirit, perhaps best summed up as a predisposition for excellent food, drink, and a rollicking good time. As the co-proprietor of Nola’s famed Commander’s Palace (a gig she shares with her cousin Lally Brennan), Martin is nothing short of restaurant royalty, which says a lot for a town so renown for its cuisine. (Her mother, Ella Brennan, and uncle, Dickie Brennan, both major fixtures of Big Easy hospitality, established several of the city’s historic haunts, including Brennan’s.) But running Commander's is only part of the legacy Martin inherited, which also includes a keen sense for the city’s appetite. In addition to penning three books on Nola food and cocktail culture, Martin has helped to expand the family business with hotspots Cafe Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar and SoBou where you can find her on Sunday mornings. Somehow, she still finds time to enjoy the rest of what New Orleans has to offer. Here, Martin shares her favorite hometown to-dos, from where to find the best po’ boy to how to spend an idyllic Saturday afternoon.
Where is the best brunch? For Jazz Brunch, Commander’s Palace. It’s my own, but it’s true! For a funky brunch, Dante’s Kitchen Uptown or Willa Jean’s. Dante’s is in a small cottage where the river turns and it’s super casual. They have serious cocktails and sometimes I never even get past the spoonbread they serve as soon as you order (736 Dante St.; 504-861-3121; danteskitchen.com). Willa Jean’s is a new, hip Downtown bakery. Try the grillades and grits and the braised collard greens (611 O'Keefe Ave.; 504-509-7334; willajean.com).