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Emeril's Restaurants

I know a lot of ya'll seem to not like these restaurants, but if you had to pick one of the three, which?

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  1. Delmonico, far and away.

    They are all very good. My experiences have been excellent at all three and I also feel like I'm supporting a guy who has quietly done a lot more for New Orleans than he's given credit for. The service is excellent and the experiences have always been delightful.

    Delmonico is special because of its location on St. Charles. If you get the right table, you can watch the streetcars and the lights of the CBD. It's upscale, of course, but there's plenty of humor and a nice ambiance.

    I don't get the Emeril-bashers. He treats his employees very well and his customers even more so. And the food is incredible. It's inventive and it changes regularly. I think too many folks discount what he does because he 1) wasn't born here and 2) is a self-promoter. Like there aren't any others like that in New Orleans.

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    1. re: ZydecoPlayer

      I am with ZydecoPlayer on this one. We have also had several excellent meals at his eponymous restaurant, Emeril's, though pre-K. Have not dined at NOLA, so cannot comment.

      I've even had two good late lunches at Emeril's in LV, though maybe not a true test. Still, they did everything right, for being in LV.

      I do like the idea of supporting a booster for NO and the Coast, but also grade hard, regardless, and both of his NO locations, that we've dined at, have done well by us.

      Side note: I find that the wine service at Emeril's exceeds what we experienced at Delmonico. The latter's list is deeper, based on memory, but the servers were not up to par - remember, this was post-K (Delmonico) vs pre-K (Emeril's), so things might have changed over time.

      Hunt

    2. I'm a big fan of his NOLA restaurant. I thought the food was full of New Orleans flavor, and the atmosphere was great. Delmonico's was a little pricier, and had a more upscale ambience. The steaks were good, but I wasn't overly impressed like I was at NOLA. I haven't had a great meal at the Warehouse District location.

      1. Emeril's if you must, and dine at the food bar.

        1. I am probably one of 5 people who is a fan of the flagship. Although, as much as people disparage the joint, I always see locals. I think the food is marvelous. Service is exceptionally good and attentive while portions are so large that I always share. Earlier this year I had one of the best soft shell crab salads I have ever tasted, although still no comparison to the jazz fest po-boy. I have not been to Delmonico in years but I never had a bad meal there. It is wickedly pricey though yet the atmosphere and the bar are quite swanky.

          1. I've eaten at them all pre & post K and I would say Delmonico was the best of the bunch

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            1. re: chef4hire

              Delmonico can be fantastic, Emeril's always has a fun buzz, Nola is uneven, sometimes great and sometimes very ordinary. I like all three though.

            2. I agree with Emerils - if you must. There are alot better restaurants (and chefs, i.e. Paul Prudhomme) to support in the city. Try K-Pauls! It'll tastes better on the palate - and the soul.

              1. jfood is a big fan of emeril for what he has done for this great city, but jfood ate in NOLA and unfortunately was not impressed at all (review posted months ago if you are interested).

                So if jfood were to choose, he would opt for one of theothers.

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                1. re: jfood

                  Delmonico is my choice also wonderful food and outstanding service, I reccomend the Pork Chop with Späetzle. Why does jfood refer to jfood in the 3rd person? Is jfood a professional football player?

                  1. re: speyerer

                    He's probably just "Ricky being Ricky"!

                2. Count me as a fan of Emeril's and Delmonico's. They are always outstanding, but if you need to choose on, go to Delmonico.

                  1. I haven't eaten at any of his places, but he just commited a half million dollars to do a build out of a kitchen at Cafe Reconcile, which trains low income people in culinary arts. Graduates can work at his restaurants. I personally think that's a great thing.

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                    1. re: travelbuff

                      Another plus. I had not heard of this endeavor, but it seems to be in keeping with his commitment to the area. Travel Channel did a fairly recent bit, that featured Cafe Reconcile, and no mention of this was made. Do not recall the "host" of that program, but he even did an interview with Chef Legasse, and I did not hear mention. Maybe I just missed that part...

                      Thanks for the H/U,

                      Hunt

                    2. Been to all *many* times. My take (plus, my team - 10 of us go routinely - voted the same way.)
                      3) Delmonico's is a tiny bit less loose and casual, more likely to see staid older couples. Third by a lot, on atmosphere, although still great. MUCH easier to get into Delmonico's - same-day is not hard, so that's a clue.
                      2) Tchopitopulis is wonderful, more likely to see the smart set there, black sheath with pearls and the like. Most likely to have to wait here. Second place, close behind.
                      1) NOLA is more tourists and more casual. Best overall in my team's consensus.

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                      1. re: RLColeman

                        Oops, I think that we were one of those "older couples," but we DID enjoy our visit. [Grin]

                        I do like to think that we fit in with the Emeril's crowd though - maybe it was because we were younger then.

                        Still, I'm a fan of his food and hope to add both NOLA and his restaurant on the Coast on a future visit. Gotta' see for myself. Not that I dobut any CH'er's accessment, but it IS my palate, afterall.

                        Hunt

                      2. Have not been to NOLA, but we find Emeril's and Delmonico to both be outstanding. If pressed, we'd choose Delmonico.

                        1. Delmonico & Emeril's are great.

                          Going to NOLA instead of one of these two would be a waste.

                          1. Sorry to dig this up again... I'm taking my first trip to New Orleans soon and yes, I've made it a mission to go to one of Emeril's restaurants so I can say I've been to one. (never fear, I'm also reading up on plenty of threads for other meals)

                            It seems that people have varying opinions on these restaurants, which is expected... though the majority seems to indicate that the food is at least just fine. ;) I'm wondering how these restaurants would place on a monetary scale... I've been looking for pricing but have found a lot of conflicting information and really don't know what I'm getting myself into!

                            How would these restaurants rank in terms of price and separately, how are they in terms of value? I understand that good food can be worth the dollar, but I also understand my wallet. ;) Thanks!

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                            1. re: gsmoose

                              Delmonico - $$$$, but a great value all around. Detailed review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/433877

                              Emeril's - $$$, but also a great value all around. No recent reviews by me.

                              NOLA - I do not know, but others seem to. Trust them.

                              Hunt

                              1. re: gsmoose

                                Emeril's is the only one I've been to, and pricewise, it's on par with all the other nice restaurants in the city. My wife and I usually spend around a hundred bucks with - tip and drinks not included - at most of the nice restaurants in town. I like the food at Emeril's by the way and don't really understand the Emeril bashers. Although, I do feel the food and service were better before Katrina.

                                1. re: N.O.Food

                                  Having had very good meals at his other restuarants (NOLA in '93 and Delmonico in LV in '06) I was looking forward to my meal at his flagship last week. I'm sorry to say that the meal was horrible. A special heirloom tomato salad was mealy and lacked any type of seasoning (copiuous amounts of salad was needed) while the entrees the filet and the redfish were both returned (a first for me) (hers was cold having sat at the pass for a considerable amount of time while my redfish was dry and overcooked). Nothwithstanding these poor items we decided to push on and try the famous banana cream pie. To be honest, it tasted like one of those pies you see in a diner (they look good but are devoid of any flavor). Here, the cream filling was of an unusual consistency. Instead of being pudding like it was "set" and flavorless. Just a bad meal in all manner and respects. Sorry Emeril. If I try another of your restaurants it will probably only be Delmonico.

                              2. We had delicious food, great service and fun energy at NOLA last Sat. night.

                                A group of 6 who had not seen each other in a while, we were more concerned with catching up with friends. We took most of the waiters recommendations and tried many different items on the menu. Wine suggestions were equally appropriate (both in style and $$). Not a single disappointment.

                                We had an array of apps., all splittable and passable:
                                Mussels, BBQ Shrimp, Stuffed Chic wings (yum), Baked Oysters

                                SO & I shared the special Smoked Duck and Red Fish Entrees. All preparations and presentations were unique and on target.

                                We had no complaints so I don't know what the issues are.

                                We even accepted the arm of an escort to the bathroom...........we felt so special at first until we noticed it must be management policy. We experienced "Southern Hospitality" rather than a finger pointing "that way, over there." Nice touch.

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                                1. re: MSK

                                  Had fabulously perfect meals (4 diners) at Emeril's about a month or so ago. Chef fed two of us while the others ordered from the menu. All dishes were prepared well and the service was great. I've always enjoyed my meals there and I like Emeril's dedication to the city. For crying out loud, he has 3 restaurants which employ a number of folks and he's raised money and promoted NO right and left.

                                  Haven't eaten at the NO Delmonico, but had great meals at the Las Vegas restaurant last month. 8 or us ate there. Food was great and the service was outstanding. Made the reservations through the NO Delmonico restaurant and the NO Gen. Mgr. sent out apps, on the house, for us in LV. Nice touch.