Emeril's in Atlanta
The place has always been slammed by the foodies in this town. I think part of it has to do with "big name chef comes to Atlanta to show how it's really done". I have eaten there once for lunch a couple of months ago. Everything was quite good-Bowl of Gumbo, Fried Oyster Po Boy, Grilled Georgia Trout. When it first opened, one food critic flew down to NOLA (the city, not the restaurant) to do a little comparison. To no surprise, the flagship Emeril's was better than the Atlanta version. When Katrina hit, the Exec Chef from NOLA came up to work at the Atlanta store so I am sure a lot of defeciencies were corrected. It's not the first place I think of and I would first support local chef's, but hell we all hit corporate chains so why not this place? I say enjoy!
We love Emeril's and are regularly flamed for it on this board. We sit at the Food Bar and usually get appetizers until we're full. Always interesting, always delicious, service is always spectacular and we always learn something from the chefs. What more could you want for dinner?
In all fairness, we haven't been there in about 4 or 5 months so I hope nothing has changed. It's always our first stop in Atlanta. In fact, we're about due for another trip. Thanks for reminding me.