We will be celebrating our second wedding anniversary, this weekend (Saturday July 7th). My parents will also be celebrating their (33rd) wedding anniversary too. Their actual anniversary is a few days before ours, but we all decided to celebrate together, and have a nice dinner. Our original plans for dinner (we made reservations at a restaurant in another city) have fallen through, due to unforseen circumstances. Now i'm a bit frantic, because we have to start from scratch, and I only have a short time to figure out where we should go!!
Here is my problem: My parents are not vegetarian -- but we (my husband and myself) are. We would like to have a special meal that everyone can enjoy, but this will be difficult, due to our vegetarianism!
We would like to choose a restaurant that has a special atmosphere and great food. We don't want to go somewhere stiff and formal where the servers have attitude -- but we DO want an experience that is a bit more special than a regular meal out. We also don't want to go somewhere too trendy (we'd prefer a more classic place). We'd like to be able to linger over our meal and enjoy good conversation-- so this also rules out the hotspots where the goal is to turn over tables as quickly as possible. We also would prefer not to go to a restaurant where the tables are crammed together, cheek by jowl -- we'd like a little breathing room. We like spicy, flavourful and somewhat creative food (my parents are from Barbados). We don't like heavy, creamy, pretentious foods (French food / heavy white sauces, Fois Gras, truffles, etc.)
The location of the restaurant doesn't matter. We can do downtown / uptown / just outside of town ... whatever. We are looking in the mid priced range (20-25$ entrees) -- but we'd be willing to spend a bit more, if the restaurant meets our criteria. Also, we don't want to go somewhere where the vegetarian option is just a pasta dish. BORING! We've been there and done that -- it's a special occasion, we want something better.
Where should we go? I'm totally at a loss. Please help, chowhounds.
Edited to add:
I forgot to mention, we'd prefer to go somewhere that would not require overly formal clothing (no evening gowns & stiff suits!). Ideally, the hosts at our location would welcome us in nice dress clothes (a nice skirt for me, and dress pants/nice dress shirt for my husband).