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A tall order - even for Chowhounds!


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A tall order - even for Chowhounds!

11oclockish | | Sep 10, 2008 11:21 AM

Yes, that’s a challenge!
I fear I ask the impossible. We need recommendations for a memorable mid-week celebratory dinner. The guest of honour is celebrating a graduation, of sorts, and a major milestone professionally. There will be 5-8 attendees, and they range in age from late 30’s to early 60’s. There are a couple foodies in the group, but no one is especially demanding. Presentation is important, though, as we want it to be “special”, and I find even the non-foodies rave when the food looks beautiful or different. This group is adventurous food-wise.

We are looking for the following:
- Preferably east of the DVP (pretty important, logistically)
- Memorable presentation
- Good food
- Preferably something out of the ordinary, that people from out of town can’t usually get
- No Italian (one of the guests grew up with the real deal and simply refuses to eat Italian in a restaurant)
- Not the Citizen
- Up to 60 dollars pp before alcohol (could be a lot less, could be a little more)
- Alcohol licence
- Nice but unpretentious atmosphere with comfortable seating
- A place that offers a prix-fixe or chef’s menu

Just to let you know, we are willing to trade off one factor for a really high score on another. For example, Ethiopian is very high on the “out of the ordinary for out of town guests” scale and we were seriously thinking about it, then we realized that we didn’t want to watch one particular guest eat with their hands (hehe). We are also considering Batifole, but it wouldn't be really memorable.

So, any takers?