My parents are coming into town to visit this weekend, and my Mom's birthday was just over a week ago, and I wanted to take her out for her birthday. My parents are not foodies at all (their idea of going out is Applebees, Chilli's, Olive Garden, etc.... - they live in the burbs), but they do appreciate good food when I take them out here. I've taken them to the classics: Father's Office, BigMista, Langer's, Monte Alban, and Square One to name a few (and they loved them all, except for Monte Alban, they were not big fans). I definitely am planning on taking them to Umami.
My first thought was taking her to a steak house, because she always talks about having a "good steak" - I think she really has never had a really good one. But I don't really know much about the good steak houses here (though I know about Cut). Then the post about Fogo de Chao got me thinking about taking her there (and I haven't been to a churrascaria since I was in Brazil), and I've always wanted to try Parks (Korean) BBQ, so I was thinking about that too. Also on my "list" were Gjelina, Anisette and Animal, though I recently went to both Gjelina and Anisette (loved both), and I like to try new (but good) places.
Now, both of my parents are pretty typical Minnesotans, and don't do high-end dining really ever, so I don't really want to take them a place where it is too upscale or fine dining, and they feel out of place. I don't want to spend too much money, since I'm still recovering with this economy, so less than $75/pp preferably. And I live on the Westside, so I'd prefer not to drive too far (past the 110).