I've been to Emerald loop several times and always been very pleased with the quality of the food. I had the pleasure of going with a large group one day and we all ordered something different and sampled each others plates. The must tries at this place are: The Chicken and Goat cheese salad - sounds simple enough but everything is in perfect balance in this salad at EL and the raspberry dressing is the perfect accompaniment. Also, the Corned Beef is AMAZING. I think it's slow roasted in Guinness or something like that... it's fabulous. This place is definitely worth checking out - and you can enjoy a variety of games on their multitude of TV's. 5 stars for EL.
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Quality Seafood with a Broad Selection is NOT Inexpensive, BUT Whatever you order, Be sure you try the french fries! Fresh cut, clean cooking oil, and help yourself bottles of Heinz ketchup bring back teenage memories of just "hanging out" after school!! All that's missing is soda fountain Green Rivers, fresh banana malts, and a juke box!!! Last visit the catfish tasted muddy according to my southside expert guest, but the fresh shrimp and other 15+ varieties of seafood have never disappointed before. Of course, always ask if it's fresh or frozen to maximize satisfaction.
This is one of those places you want to take friends and family visiting. It's got an elegant ambiance, but not too threatening since there's a good mix of family and business patrons. The food is great and the service has been pretty good the past couple times I've been. However, there was one time when I had a reservation but still had to wait 40 minutes since they had a business function there and must have not anticipated how big of a party it was. They could have handled that better.