I can't say I was ever a huge fan of Emeril. Maybe it was the size of his empire or the restaurant with the same name I can find at home in Miami, but it wasn't until I visited Delmonico's for my boyfriend's graduation party that I began to change my mind. When previously mentioned boyfriend returned to New Orleans for a job interview, I think it was the dinner I took him to at Emeril's that sealed his moving back to the Big Easy, no matter how adamantly he insists it was the job.
It really stands alone as one of the best meals I've enjoyed in the city. The restaurant is beautiful and modern, foretelling of the service inside.
The barbecue shrimp was delicious
The drum he had was perfect
The venison sausage was great
and everything else I put in my mouth seemed to follow that general theme of delicious
What I really remember however, after the bottle and a half of wine, was the service. Our waiter was young and funny. He gave great recommendations and found us a delicious bottle of wine, exemplifying something that is so integral to New Orleans. It's service. I must however mention that this was not a good ole boy with Louisiana charm, he was from San Juan. At the end of this long ramble I guess this is what I'm getting to, what is it about New Orleans that creates such driving charm and desire to please in the restaurant industry?
I understand that many of you must think this is foolish, because obviously the hospitality industry should be in its essence hospitable. But I can assure you that this is not the case in much of the country, most notably my hometown of miami.
So what do you think it is? Could it be the water? I'm just wondering what it is about this place that insists on making every meal so enjoyable, and it makes me want to stay for dinner.
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130