My siblings are trying to think of a nice place to get our parents a gift certificate for dinner in Connecticut. We live in Essex, but they wouldn't mind driving as far as an hour (so Hartford area, New Haven area, New London area are all game). There are three of us and we each have about 50 dollars to give. We'd love to find a place where they can get several courses and wine within that budget.
My mom loves Ina Garten type food, tasty and elegant but not necessarily avant-garde. My dad loves a good steak and potatoes, but he has been known to order the spicy squid at a Chinese restaurant. They are pretty adventurous (they recently loved a raw vegetarian restaurant that I look them too), but they have a limit.
Here are some restaurants that I know they have like: The River Tavern, Max Fish, Max Amore, Restaurant L & E, Cafe Routier, Lupo. Max Fish is definitely their favorite.
Thanks for the suggestions!