My prior post, I now realize, lacked sufficient oomph to get lots of attention (those who did respond already, thank you!) so let me paint the picture:
My lovely and brilliant wife, who is also my business partner, is one of two women in a group of roughly fifteen attorneys who belong to a study group which has monthly dinner meetings; I believe she is also the youngest. She gets to pick a dinner location soon. The "good old boys" in the group like good food, and really good wine, but, as per my prior post, tend to be a little predictable in their choice of dining, in the red-meat/red-meat/and then some red-meat mode (Mastro's, Maple Dr., Arnie Morton's; once they got really adventurous and went to, well, Fogo de Caio). (BTW, save the "lawyer/carnivore" gags. We've heard'em. In fact, to paraphrase Earl Palmer, we invented 'em.)
She'd like to get'em a little further east (maybe as far as La Brea, but they probably draw the line east of there) and a little more adventurous, WITHOUT delving into the "witty" "ironic", "deconstructed", "post-modern" or "experimental" range (nothing made into foam, or frozen in liquid nitrogen; no bacon butterscotch ice cream, no ravioli carmelized with Fisherman's Friend Cough Drops (hey, it's in the El Bulli book, I think!), nothing served in a fashion that you need instructions as to how to get it off the serving plate into your mouth...)
They'll need a private room. A serious wine list won't hurt.
So what else we got?
Thanks again, in advance.