Emeril dining experience in Miami, a complete Nightmare!
The appetizers were barely ok. despite the extensive wine list (on which no decent bottle was under about $100- , in my opinion, I've found that usually one can locate a good selection in the $50-$70 range Then dinner - I ordered andouille-encrusted redfish - and got what in my perception resembled a frozen fish filet, defrosted, and coated in 4C breadcrumbs and tabasco sauce. It was cooked into mush and vaguely spicy, but no hint of andouille. The plates were taken from us within about 10 minutes, bread crumbs swept on the floor by a busboy - we were so aggravated we decided to cut our losses and call it a night. Start to finish? Out the door in about an hour.
Cajun food? Ha! I've seen more care and attention put into the average bucket of Popeye's chicken. The wait staff was polite, but it was obvious they were a lot more interested in turning that table for their next customers than providing great service. Judging by the clientele, there were a lot of folks from middle America who'd seen Emeril on TV and had TGI Friday's as their main comparison for a ""nice"" restaurant. They seemed happy, and good for them - they got the experience they wanted. But if you're going out for a special, costly meal and want real quality, I would recommend you go to Nobu down the street, or to Versailles in Little Havana.