Help 'hounds -- I'm stumped. Trying to find something 'new' for my mom's b'day dinner in a few weeks... I'm coming up blank!
The whole family loves Parkway Grill and it is a win every time -- but it's completely overdone by our family.
Mom is a salmon/chicken eater (no red meat for her). Sister and BIL are red meat/fish eaters, yet don't like experimental type dishes (salads that are compressed in a circle, strange foams, etc). 8 year old nephew loves fine dining and will do fine anywhere.
Was thinking the Ritz Carlton, but we always do tea there, and I'd like it to be a different location.
Mom loved Maison Akira, but I wasn't that impressed (poor service and hit/miss food).
I thought the Raymond would be a good spot, but went a couple weeks ago and wasn't thrilled with the food (dinner).
One of my favorite spots is the cooking school/Bistro 561, but it's on the overdone list as well - although, I'm leaning towards going there anyway.
Bistro 45 is out (food and service has gone way downhill)
The only other thing I can think of is Madeline's - however, I'm a bit unsure of the food/quality, etc., since I've never been. Thoughts?
Haven't been to the Arroyo Chop House in a while and never had fish there -- are the salmon/fish offerings any good? or at Ruth Chris even?? Can anyone do a comparison overall between Arroyo Chop House and Ruth Chris?
Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated. I'd like to stay in the Pasadena area (sis and BIL are coming from the 909).