Alright, Hounds: After 3 years of wonderful eating (thanks, in large part, to you all), I will be moving out of this terrific eating town and have one celebratory (birthday) meal left. You all have been remarkably good to me, and I'm asking that you advise me at this critical juncture. This is my last night-out meal in Boston, but it comes with caveats:
1) Not Too Expensive - I just closed on my first home, so I can't quite afford the L'Espalier, Abe and Louie's, No. 9 Park action - I can do the "entree-in-the-low 20's" range though.
2) Ambience Matters - My dear ma will be in town from LA and she really digs a good ambience - I'm not necessarily saying it has to be kitschy or wild, but it's gotta have some vibrancy (doesn't have to be cuchi cuchi or beehive or anything, just not that minimalist, stuffy, I-feel-like-I'm-in-2001-Space Odyssey kind of vibe). Even a mellow French Bistro vibe would do it..
3) I Need Good Meat - It is, after all, my birthday, so there needs to be a viable steak option OR a good fancy burger on the menu. I will have gone to Neptune's the night before, so my seafood itch will have been scratched.
I know this ain't easy (conjuring up a series of age-old debates on this Board such as vibe vs. food). Honestly, I think 10 Tables or Rendezvous would totally work if I didn't go so often and need this to be a bit more special...
If you ever end up in St. Louis, I promise to return the favor!! Even if you don't respond, thanks to you all for making my time here way better than it would have otherwise been...
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