Yikes... our anniversary has snuck up and we need serious help!
Here are the rules: Has to be a place that's new to both of us, and it can't break the bank (ie: would like to keep it around $150 out the door - 2 entrees, 1-2 apps, and a bottle of moderately priced ($50) wine)
My rules: Some where I can hear (ie: Comme Ca or Mozza is TOO loud and cramped).
His rules: Some where the portions are decent sized (ie: Parkway Grill - perfect, Bashan: not so much)
Cuisine: He's a little less adventurous than I am, but loves sushi and stays away from spicy-hot things. If I were to restrict it, I'd say no Mexican.
We're in Pasadena and would prefer to be closer to Pasadena - but given our rules, I don't think it's doable (as either one of us have been to places close by).
From a quick scouring of the boards lately... I have a few questions:
1. Palate Food + Wine - worth it? we both love wine - although, I read some scathing reviews - how is the food, portions, atmosphere?
2. Hatfields - so far, this is the top contender, even though it's farther away and is pushing the bank - how's the noise level?
Other options: Cube, Taste, Vibrato.... Jiraffe, Il Grano...
Would love to do Melisse - but location and $ might be prohibitive... as would Craft and Cut, I'd think....
...this feels like Mission Impossible. Any help is appreciated! TIA!