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NOLA.: The best service
Great location in the French Quarter. Service was the best I've ever experienced. The servers were knowledgable about the menu. They placed the napkins on our laps (black napkins for black pants no less!) There were five of us for dinner that night and they brought all of our dinners at the exact time. No awkward moment were someone has their food and others don't.
Favorite Dish: Roasted duck w/corn pudding. Save room for desert!
NOLA's: WOW !!!!! is the word for this place !!!!
If your lucky enough to get a weekend reservation at this Emeril Lagassee's gem than you will not dissapointed !!!! the food is wonderful, without a doubt very local in it's cuisine......the service is excellent, the prices are a bit steep, but if you can't get into Commander's than this might be the next best restaurant in New Orleans !!!! The wine list is long and pricey but hey you pay for what you get for !!!!
Favorite Dish: EVERYTHING IS GREAT !!!! had a great seafood touffle........and the desserts are outstanding !!!!!
NOLA: My very fav restaurant .
This is Emeril's more casual New Orleans outpost, located right in the French quarter. Although I can't stand his cooking shows I do love Lagasse's food. His food is amazingly flavorful and inventive without being too constructed or over the top. The service at NOLA is informal and friendly yet still maintains a fine dining level. I've been here several times and never had an off dish or a bad experience of any kind. If I lived I New Orleans I would dine here weekly.
Favorite Dish: Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop with Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Pecans and Caramelized Onion Reduction Sauce. -This is insanely delicious.
Emeril's Barbecued Gulf Shrimp with Rosemary Biscuit - a fantastic appetizer.
I could go on and on....
NOLA: NOLA - Great food, great location
NOLA is in a great location, situated in the heart of the French Quarter. From the outside, it's an unassuming yellow building around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Decatur Street. Once inside, the restaurant takes on a very comfortable feel - nothing tremendously upscale or chic, but rather, warm and inviting.
There are three levels for dining, and the second and third levels are accessible by elevator. The service was superb without being suffocating, and the food was at a level to be expected from Emeril Legasse.
It was expensive, to be sure. But when booking reservations at a place like NOLA, you should expect to pay a high price for great food. In other words - the price of dinner at a restaurant like NOLA shouldn't be a reason to pan, unless the portions are ridiculously small, which was NOT the case here. I was full enough to prevent me from eating dessert!
Great daily specials ensure a fresh dish, and an extensive wine list offers a bottle for any dish.
Except for the cockroach we saw running towards the open kitchen area (no kidding), it was great. Now, it is Nawlins after all, so bugs are aplenty everywhere.
The food was great, service was the best I've had anywhere. They actually have someone escort women to the restrooms! Felt like we had three people waiting on just our table. Not stuffy, either, but nice and upbeat.
NOLA: Casual dining at Emeril's NOLA
OK, I can't stand Emeril on his TV show but I sure do love his food. We went to NOLA, the more casual and informal restaurant that's part of the Emeril empire in N'Awlin's. The food was excellent, the ambience was cozy, and we loved it so much, we took a picture with the kitchen crew.
NOLA: NOLA - Emeril's hip French Quarter restaurant
The food is great - The atmosphere - very hip. NOLA is a great alternative to the crowded Emeril's. We sat in the back, across from the cooks near the kitchen. It sounds very sad, but actually it ended up being great! The cooks would give us samples of the various dishes they were concocting, and we walked out of there fat and happy. Very satisfying.
Favorite Dish: The salmon. Yum Yum.
NOLA: Celebrity Chef
This is the newest of celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse's three Crescent City restaurants. I was skeptical about going here at first because I assumed it would be the ultimate tourist trap and probably overpriced, but I was pleasantly surprised. Here's an excerpt from my journal: "I'm sitting at a quasi bar near the kitchen and this place is adrenalizing. Young chefs are cranking out the dinners and I can't help but think that some of the tourists are disappointed that Lagasse himself isn't giving each dish the tender loving care it deserves. . . I'm having a pecan-crusted sweet potato fritter with barbecued shrimp. Oh my! It's incredible. Great textures and spice."
This place is more chic that cozy and the wait staff is more professional than warm and friendly, but I appreciated the service. My waitress recommended everything I ate and did a great job. The atmosphere is fast and a bit hectic, so it's not a great place for a romantic dinner, but if you want exciting, delicious food, check it out. For an appetizer, a soda, dessert and a digestivo, I paid $26 without tip.
Favorite Dish: After my pecan-crusted sweet potato and shrimp I had a Frozen Lemon Icebox Mousse for dessert with a nocello (an after dinner drink). All were sublime.
Like the bars, there are...
Like the bars, there are endless good restaurants in New Orleans. I went to NOLA (Emeril Lagasse's place) and while it is probably a huge tourist trap, the food is exceptional and the service is great (although it isn't cheap). On the other hand, I really enjoy the po' boy shops that line the streets of the Quarter - I never found one that wasn't good.
Favorite Dish: Muffeletta is a sandwich made of ham, cheese, and an olive spread. Its very tasty (if you like olives) and its a local staple. Also, if you like STRONG coffee - look for places that serve chicory (made from a root that tastes like very strong, bitter coffee). Check out the other staples like gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, and (my favorite) alligator andouille.
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