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Sep 16, 2009 07:07 AM

Emeril's NOLA or Emeril's New Orleans- Which is better?

I am coming to New Orleans possibly in about a month and would like to know which is better. As a huge Emeril fan I am bent on trying one of his restaurants and have narrowed it down to these two. I ruled out Delmonico's because it is more steakcentric and I eat at the finest steakhouses in NYC regularly so I want something different.

So since this is probably going to be a rare trip to NO for me which would you suggest? NOLA or Emeril's New Orleans? I have checked out the menus and I am really dying to try the duck from NOLA. BUT, I am also really looking forward to trying the famous banana cream pie as well and NOLA does not serve it. They serve "banana pudding layer cake" instead. Are they similar? I am kinda bummed that NOLA does not have the banana cream pie. Most of his restaurants do! (Emeril's New Orleans). Emeril's NO does not really have anything that stands out to me on their menu besides the pork chop which is another signature dish.
So anyway, here are the questions I really want the answers to

Which is better? Which dishes do you suggest? Are the banana cream pie and banana pudding layer cake similar? Do they have specials? Do they change the menu regularly?

Thanks! I know it is a lot of info I am asking to receive.

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  1. Emeril's has a better vibe and menu than NOLA in my opinion.
    if you want duck, go to Irene's...seriously.

    1. I have never been to the Emeril's New Orleans, but I have been to NOLA. NOLA is the more casual restaurant of his - it is right in the French Quarter in an old warehouse. It can get kind of loud, but I think that's part of the experience. My boyfriend had the porkchop and I had filet and we both loved our dishes. We also had the Oysters and Crabmeat Baked in the Wood Oven with Garlic Butter and Herb Bread Crumbs as an appetizer - DELICIOUS!! Sorry I can't comment on the banana desserts. I'm sure either place is worth a trip.

      1. I would chose Emeril's rather than NOLA. It is a much much better dining experience. NOLA is very loud and a bit more casual than Emeril's. If you are really desiring duck, might I recommend Brigtsen's? Hands down, one of the best duck dishes I have ever had. I tend to find all of Emeril's locations very "touristy" and believe that there are much better dining experiences to be found in New Orleans, although I have had very good meals at Emeril's but have never enjoyed dining at NOLA. I rarely eat dessert so I cannot comment on the dessert menus at either place.

        1. as a former employee of both...if you want the BC for dessert call ahead a day or two, ask for the bakery or a manager and they will make sure a banana cream pie gets to NOLA for you.....both the pie and pudding cake are great

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          1. re: chef4hire

            Wow thanks a lot for the "inside" info and everyone else for their opinions. Do they change the menu quite often?

            1. re: steakrules85

              the dessert menus at all three restos change seasonally but there are standards that will always remain (banana cream pie, drunken monkey ice cream, bananas foster)

              the dinner menus seem to remain full of the standards and specials rotate daily...I heard the fixed price summer menus are doing well ~

              you can always hit NOLA for lunch then Emeril's for dinner and compare for yourself


          2. I'm voting for the flagship, although there's nothing wrong with NOLA. I'd have to disagree with the characterization of the Tchoup location as "touristy". it's just a big old loud busy place. I still think if you want to know what he was before he became "Emeril", it's the closest you can get.