I've been tasked to find a restaurant for a small (4 or 5 of us) birthday dinner on Saturday night. Birthday boy has stated that he wants something "Bistro-ish" (though that seems to be somewhat flexible). We'd like to stay in the Pasadena / South Pasadena / Eagle Rock area, if possible.
What we're looking for:
Nothing too formal / dressy (someone will invariably show up in jeans)
Under $75 pp, before drinks
Decent wine choices (but since we normally drink swill, that's not essential)
Someone wants steak frites
Someone else wants some sort of seafood
I want French onion soup
Souffles for dessert would be marvelous, but also not essential
Willing to take reservations for such a small group
I've been perusing the archive and looking at menus and have narrowed the search down to the following - please note that we've not actually dined at any of these places and so any advice is welcome - and if you have any other suggestions, please offer 'em up.
Mike and Ann's
Bistro de la Gare
Madeleine's Restaurant & Bistro
Le Petit Chateau (a bit further afield)