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Though you won't hear "Bam!" coming from the open kitchen at Emeril's Miami Beach, the celebrity chef has put his stamp on his eponymous New Orleans-style eatery. The food screams the Big Easy via spicy Creole dishes such as barbecue shrimp ($10.50), pan-roasted blue crab cake with Louisiana crawfish coleslaw ($12), gumbo ($9), andouille-crusted red fish with bordelaise potatoes ($34), eight-ounce filet mignon with blue cheese butter ($46), and caramelized sweet potatoes ($6). A can't-miss creation is actually on the dessert menu: Sink your fork into Emeril's luscious banana cream pie ($10), and you'll never order crème brûlée again. Brunch is just as decadent, with a three-course prix fixe menu ($36) offering kicked-up breakfast-style plates such as smoked salmon cheesecake, eggs Benedict with slow-roasted pork, and French toast with chorizo sausage. It's pricey at Emeril's, but you won't leave hungry. It's also a rare dining experience in a town marred by bad service: The waitstaff is attentive, the sommelier knowledgeable, and the atmosphere warm and inviting. And for the times when Mr. Lagasse is in town (mainly during the winter months), request a seat by the open kitchen so you can watch the world's most telegenic chef whip up your meal a few feet away. Maybe then you'll be saying, "Bam!" with him.