Named after Emeril Lagasse’s daughter, Meril is the illustrious chef’s most casual eatery in New Orleans. Its menu showcases some of Emeril’s personal favorite dishes to eat and is largely inspired by his world travels, featuring snacks like Vietnamese spring rolls and Spanish-style croquettes. A wood-fired oven churns out flatbreads, like an upside-down cornbread, with pineapple and house bacon marmalade, while a Japanese robata-style grill heats meats, including candied five-spice pork ribs. All pastas feature noodles from Dan Esses’ local company, including fennel rigatoni tossed with gulf shrimp, broccoli, spicy Italian sausage, and pecorino. Take a seat around the horseshoe-shaped bar, where you can peer into the open kitchen and watch the creative culinary process unfold.