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Tonight we went to Emeril's Chop House in Bethlehem, the town next to ours.
There is a gigantic old, rusty, beautiful steel mill in the center of Bethlehem and for some reason the town decided to convert part of it into a casino. So now the Sands Casino stands as a monstrous, clean, non-rusty center of the steel mill. It's all slots, no tables (yet) and is an incredibly depressing place. But inside it is a new Emeril's restaurant and that is exciting, so it was fun to go there.
For our appetizers, N had the New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp, which was awesome and delicious and exactly what Emeril is known for. G got Charbroiled Oysters on the Half Shell, which he loved but I didn't. I don't think I like oysters. And then I got Crispy Fried Calamari which was wonderful and light. N also got a Caesar salad that I did not try, but she reports it was amazing.
Then for our entrees, G got a petit filet mignon topped with shrimp and a side of butter whipped potatoes. He LOVED it. N got the catch of the day with couscous, veggies, and tomato-citrus vinaigrette and loved that as well. She also got a side of very tasty parmesan asparagus. I got shrimp arrabiata, which was just OK. It wasn't the best, but it was good. Just for fun I got Pennsylvania button mushrooms and they were my favorite of the side dishes.
But... as we find so often at the nice restaurants, the crowning glory is always the dessert.
G got some simple ice cream from the Penn State Creamery, which is known for having the best ice cream on the planet. And t'was the best ice cream indeed! I got milk and cookies. Fresh, warm chocolate chip cookies with some vanilla-flavored milk. Oh my GOD. And to share, we got the house special - Emeril's Banana Cream Pie. He is famous for this pie and it was wonderful. But I'd have to say the cookies were my favorite part of the whole meal!
I don't know if we'd go back. It's depressing to watch people do the slots while eating, and - as seems to be a trend lately - there are TVs in the restaurant which I feels takes away from the eating experience. If the meal is going to cost as much as it does, the restaurant shouldn't feel like an Applebee's. But the food was good. Shoot, I'd go back just for the cookies. Supposedly Emeril is opening up two more restaurants in the Sands (no idea why) and maybe we'll try them out when they open.