Emeril’s iconic “Fishhouse” at the MGM Grand has morphed into just “Emeril’s” located in the cavernous “Studio Walk” between the casino and the pool area. It maintains the cajun/creole feel of its namesake in New Orleans. Like anybody, The Foodie can’t help but approach a high-profile celebrity place with a bit of trepidation. It was for that reason that I put off visiting Emerils until the last night of my most recent Las Vegas Gastrotour. That was a mistake. The place was great, and the service was even better. Favorite appetizers are the signature Barbecued Shrimp on hot Focaccia. (This way you don’t have to get it as a main and you can get something else–but you gotta get it either way.) We enjoyed the Baby Arugula and Duck Confit salad, but found the maple vinaigrette a tad too sweet. We opted for the Warm Spinach and Main Lobster salad and all was forgiven.
Top mains include the Paneed Pecan Crusted Pork Loin (I had this several times at the old Emeril’s Fishhouse), the Sweet Barbecued Salmon (the crusty onions offset whatever sweetness there might be) and the Chimichurri Marinated and Grilled New York Strip. The steak is delicious, but the Piquillo Peppers and Goat Cheese Mashers are the star of that plate. My companion added Seared Sea Scallops (available as an add-on) to the steak.
Emeril’s is fun. Get a seat near the windows so you can view the endless parade of humanity strolling by. They’ll be watching you too, but isn’t that what Vegas is all about? (L., D., Bar) Click here for a look at the menu. Price range: Expensive.