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  1. #1
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    Emeril's Restaurants/Food

    The wife and I are going out next Sunday night to see a show at the local Casino and we're trying to decide on a place to eat dinner beforehand. We've been to this Casino before and have eaten at one of the many eateries, the Carnegie Deli, and the food was good, but also very expensive. Although I'm not worried about the cost. We could also eat at one of the restaurants between our home and the Casino's, but with me being in a wheelchair and the hassle of everything that has to be done getting into and out of the car it's a little easier just to find a place at the casino if possible. Plus if there's a delay of some sort it will be less of a rush already being at the casino. This brings me to asking if any of you have eaten at any of Emeril's many restaurants across the united States?

    The Casino here has 3 of his restaurants, a Burger place, Steak place, & Italian place. We've already decided against the Steak Restaurant as my doesn't care for Steak and we've also heard the food wasn't very good. My wife loves Italian food as do I and we both like Burgers. So both are in play as are several of the other options available, but 1st we'd like to find out how others felt eating at Emeril's restaurants? Has anyone eaten Burgers or Italian food at one of Emeril's restaurants? What did you think of it.

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    Emeril is hit and miss. I don't think he takes a heavy hand in their operations, just slaps his name on stuff, so it really depends on who is running it. Even at his flagship places in New Orleans, where you would think he would keep things in line, I found that to be the case. Emeril's was great, but the chef at the time was great and went on to open his own place that was fantastic. I ate at NOLA around the same time and it was not good at all. The problem was the execution, not the recipes.
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    I've never been disappointed at an Emeril's restaurant. Wolfgang Puck all the time, but always enjoyed Emeril. If you find Carnegie Deli expensive, you're probably going to pay 4X as much here. His restaurants do very well in Vegas, and people don't hate working for him, which is a plus too.
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    I ate at Emeril's Restaurant in the Venetian at Las Vegas - it was excellent and memorable. It wasn't overly high priced. I recall there was a place called LeCerc - or something like that - which was HIGH DOLLAR. We heard good things about it but never went.

    I recall I had a steak with very thin potato fries, and I think asparagus came with it. It wasn't the best steak I ever had in my life - which was in Spain years ago - but I would eat that steak at Emeril's joint every day if I could. We were glad we went, all the way around. The salad was good, too.
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    I've been to Emeril's restaurants in New Orleans and a couple in Vegas. And the difference between New Orleans and Vegas was noticeable, though Vegas wasn't "bad" per se. I'd say this.. having been absolutely spoiled with his food in New Orleans, which he has a decent hand in, enjoyed Vegas, which he's noticeably absent in, I'd probably avoid the prices associated with his food in some casino in PA (which I'm guessing is near Bethlehem, PA) because the food will be pedestrian and the prices probably super-inflated.

    My advice -- hit Mama Nina's if you are in fact hitting a show in Bethlehem, PA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider Nation View Post
    I've been to Emeril's restaurants in New Orleans and a couple in Vegas. And the difference between New Orleans and Vegas was noticeable, though Vegas wasn't "bad" per se. I'd say this.. having been absolutely spoiled with his food in New Orleans, which he has a decent hand in, enjoyed Vegas, which he's noticeably absent in, I'd probably avoid the prices associated with his food in some casino in PA (which I'm guessing is near Bethlehem, PA) because the food will be pedestrian and the prices probably super-inflated.

    My advice -- hit Mama Nina's if you are in fact hitting a show in Bethlehem, PA.
    Maybe my experience at NOLA was an anomaly. I guess I'll have to take a research junket.
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    Get the overpriced burger, claim it's awesome and be done with it. Enjoy your show. This is why you're heading out.
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