Emeril Lagasse – who began his rise to celebrity über-chef in the kitchen of Commander’s Palace – really came into his own after opening this Warehouse District restaurant, Emeril’s. At the flagship of Emeril’s empire, you can taste the stunning food he creates on TV. Emeril may adopt a cartoonish personality on television, but his restaurant is minimalist chic with world-class service. Foodies should request a seat at the “food bar” to watch the chefs work. Sometimes Emeril himself dons an apron and grabs a pan. While Emeril’s has a local following, most of the patrons will be visitors.