New Orleans, LA – Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant, Emeril’s, and NOLA in the French Quarter reopened for business in December 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Lagasse’s Garden District restaurant, Emeril’s Delmonico, is scheduled to reopen in mid to late fall 2006 due to significant damage from the storm. Emeril’s is currently open for dinner service Monday-Saturday from 6:00-10:00 pm. Beginning on April 30, Emeril’s will also open for Sunday dinner from 6:00-10:00 pm. Lunch is served on Fridays from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. NOLA Restaurant is open for dinner service Wednesday-Sunday from 6:00-10:00 pm, and for lunch on Saturday from 11:30 am-2:00 pm.
Emeril’s is located in a renovated warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street, true to the feel of the Warehouse District neighborhood. Designed by the David Rockwell Group, the interior features exposed brick, hardwood floors, an open kitchen and a unique chef’s food bar with a signature metal and glass proscenium filled with spices. The menu at Emeril’s is an exploration of what Lagasse calls ‘new’ New Orleans cooking, Creole cuisine with ethnic influences such as Southwestern, Asian, or Portuguese. Emeril’s New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp, Grilled Double Cut Niman Pork Chop and Banana Cream Pie continue to be signature dishes today.
NOLA, which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana – the way New Orleanians have long abbreviated their return address on letters – is the second restaurant owned and operated by Chef Emeril Lagasse. Since NOLA opened its doors in 1992, the menu has been an exploration of “new New Orleans” cooking, but with a casual almost rustic tone. Favorite menu items include Cedar Plank Fish from the wood-burning oven and “Shrimp & Grits”, Sautéed Gulf Shrimp with Smoked Cheddar Grits and Apple Smoked Bacon. The casual chef’s bar has a prominent view of the central wood-burning oven and open kitchen. The menu and wine list are designed to cater to the more casual diner — both visitors and native New Orleanians.
Valet parking is available at Emeril’s. Please call 504-528-9393 for reservations. At NOLA, validated parking is available at the nearby Omni Royal Orleans. For reservations, please call 504-522-6652.