So we're shipping the kids off for a couple of weeks, and it's time to take SWMBO out for some upscale eating adventures. We want to try places we haven't been. 55, Masque, Mason's, Moxie, Sapor, Spataro, and (gasp) the Waterboy are all in this category, but there are probably plenty of other places that we need to try, too.
Creative preparation of great ingredients is the main (only?) factor. Atmosphere can range from intimate to open, although I'm prone to getting hives around anything that might be considered a "scene."
Sacramento and all its burbs are fair game. What's a chowhound to do?