Get out, get away and dine at celebrity chef-owned restaurants



What's on the menu at celebrity chef-owned eateries

Emeril Lagasse

With COVID restrictions loosening and the hospitality industry coming back online, Americans can finally get back to two of their favorite pastimes: traveling and going out to eat.

And if they’re so inclined, those who like to travel on their stomach can venture to locations around the country to dine in restaurants owned and/or inspired by their favorite TV chefs. So whether it’s Italian, burgers or farm-to-table you crave, there is no doubt an eatery with a celebrity chef’s name on it to suit your tastes. Such as the establishments below.

Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Las Vegas: As the name suggests, seafood and Creole cooking are what’s for dinner at Emeril Lagasse’s establishment on The Strip at the MGM Grand, offering kicked-up versions of market-fresh fish and shellfish creations alongside flavorful steaks and inspired pork and chicken dishes. And if you’re into wine, you can pair your dish with Wine Spectator favorites. Entrees are in the $40-60 range.

Craft Los Angeles: Tom Colicchio brought his “what’s local is best” style of cooking from New York to this West Coast establishment that emphasizes seasonal dining and warm hospitality in its main dining room and patio. Among the items on the dinner menu are diver scallops, Wagyu sirloin, Alaskan halibut and a pork rack. Entrees run $32-62.

Bobby’s Burger Palace, various locations: Burgers, fries and shakes are what’s on the menu of this chain from chef Bobby Flay, which has locations in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Las Vegas, Ohio, Georgia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. As one would guess, the creations are imaginative with toppings ranging from blue cheese and bacon to green chilis and cole slaw. There are also salads and other choices for the health-conscious. Prices are sub-$10.

Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, Las Vegas: Head to Caesars Palace on The Strip to dine at this eatery that offers an la carte menu with items such as beef Wellington, braised short ribs, jidori chicken scallopini and a dry-aged New York strip. Entree prices run $32-60. There is also a prix fixe three-course menu offered with ($149) and without wine ($90).

GDL Italian by Giada, Baltimore: Giada de Laurentiis shares her signature Italian dishes in an open-concept dining room in this restaurant inside Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, offering her own spins on traditional favorites like chicken parmesan, antipasti, baked lasagna and Tuscan ribeye. Prices are in the $35-60 range. After being closed due to the pandemic, it’s slated to reopen this week.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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