If you want to eat at an Emeril Lagasse Restaurant on the east coast, your only option is to travel to the Lehigh Valley. Despite having grown up in Massachachusetts and working regularly in New York, Lagasse has chosen the Sands Casino in Bethlehem as the site of three of his restaurants — Emeril’s Chophouse, Burgers and More by Emeril, and now, Emeril’s Fish House.
“I’ve had a Fish House in Las Vegas for 22 years,” he says. “I grew up on the ocean and live on the ocean now. I’m a fisherman and there’s this connection I have with the sea.”
When it comes to freshness, Lagasse is a self-professed fanatic and buys from 16 different purveyors to ensure that fresh fish comes in if not daily, then at least every other day.
“There’s nobody that does fish better than us and I don’t know where you can go [here] to get really outstanding fish, unless you go to Philadelphia,” Lagasse says.