I will be in Lancaster at the end of April for a conference, staying at the Marriott at Penn Square. I generally like to get together for dinner with colleagues at these conferences. It can be two or three people one night, maybe as many as eight or ten another night. I am usually tasked with finding the restaurants, since I have done right by the group in the past and understand the group's parameters and preferences.
What I need is something not too "ethnic" - no Indian, Thai, etc. It has to be broad enough to please a diverse crowd, but definitely tasty and can push the boundaries a little. Price is mid to upper range. The crowd will be a bunch of professionals who are paying their own expenses. Good service and a pleasant atmosphere are a must, as is an atmosphere where we can have a lively but not overly exuberant conversation.
The biggest constraint I am dealing with is that our dinner breaks are not leisurely, for those who want to return to the conference after dinner. We have about an hour and a half both Friday and Saturday, although Saturday can probably be stretched to two hours, as we have a social function to attend afterwards and not a seminar. So I am looking for places within either a ten-minute walk or drive from the Marriott.
I have already checked out John J. Jeffries, and that is probably going to be my choice for one night, if someone here can give me some assurance that my time parameters will not be a problem. I am still looking for options, though, and would welcome any and all suggestions. I hope I have been specific enough in my request to generate some helpful ideas from everyone.
(btw, I checked effie ophelia's website, and they have closed their doors, so that is not an option.)
Thanks in advance for helping me with this not-so-chowish request.