I asked our 14-yr-old where she'd like to go for Christmas (I'm thinking Disneyland) and she replied, "A food tour of Las Vegas."
What the ---? Who is this kid, and how'd you get into my daughter's body?
Then I remembered that when she was two, she ate my entire fish fillet and my husband's rabbit at one dinner, and when she was eight, she ate my foie gras, even though I tried to discourage her ("Honey, it's liver - you won't like it." "But Mom, it must be good because you won't offer me any.") She's been to several 4-star restos in the SF Bay Area and knows how to behave, even without iPod buds stuck in her ears.
So, can anyone recommend places that won't break the bank (i.e., less than $150/person, aren't too quiet, and the service isn't too formal? BTW: My husband and I have been to French Laundry, Chez Panisse, Manresa, etc. (our favorite is Cyrus) and we prefer value over fancy names. TIA!