Max budget probably ~$200. We'll eat anything and will drive wherever within LA proper.
The only caveat is that I can eat a lot, and she cannot. We will generally split meals wherever we go. What this means is that tasting menus are OUT. I was thinking Melisse, but since we can't do tasting menu...do they even do a la carte?
Shunji also seemed like a good choice - for instance, we could split the kitchen dishes and each have our own sushi omakase.
Tapas/Small Plates style places work well too: Son of a Gun/Animal are considerations.
Do you hounds have any other suggestions? To be clear, it's MY birthday.