(Note: This thread was split from the South board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5850... -- The Chowhound Team).
You CAN wear just about anything to most of the restaurants here, but do you WANT to? There are plenty of great restaurants named above for which jeans and a polo shirt are appropriate and welcomed. There are others that may tolerate but not appreciate it..
I am all for wearing jeans as much as possible, but there are some places that dressing a bit better makes the whole experience more special for both you and the other diners -- whether or not the managment would let you in.
I hate sounding like such a grinch, but there you go... fodder for the board.