There is an amazing restaurant near me called La Cava. It is a tiny place, nice atmosphere, amazing fresh upscale Mexican food, great service, prices are not over the top. I have never had a bad meal there, and have really heard great feedback from everyone else who has eaten there.
The problem? Every single time I drive by it is nearly completely empty... even during "prime" dinner hours. I really want this place to succeed. I have seen far too many great local places go out of business (Cafe Barelona in Chestnut Hill being the most recent victim) and it breaks my heart. We desperately need places like this, particularly in the burbs where it is just a wasteland of chain restaurants. We really need to support these local businesses.
What are the other places in the area like this (city and burbs)... you know, you can walk right in on a Saturday night, the place is empty, but you have an amazing meal and keep wondering why you are one of the few tables there. We should make a list and make sure that we go out of our way to give these types of places business. Its so important we support these local little places or they will not be around for long!