The annual saga of Ruth's birthday dinner has begun. For all my years reading this board religiously and making suggestions for others, I'm often perplexed by the task of finding a place that's (1) interesting and preferably new to me, (2) suitable for my parents (not too noisy and a decent value, i.e., not cheap, but not so expensive it shocks my raised-during-the-Depression Dad's sensibilities), (3) has a menu that will please both more and less adventurous diners, (4) has delicious desserts, (5) isn't insanely hard to get a reservation for a party of five and/or inaccessible to the East Bay (Aziza proved to be a nightmarish trek one Saturday evening). As an example, last year we went to Perbacco and it was almost perfect (too noisy, but everything was so good it made the noise tolerable). A place that I would love to go back to but that miserably fails #5 is La Ciccia, where you can get a reservation for five but you'll probably be uncomfortable, and which I got miserably lost trying to find (and I never get lost).
Myth sounds like it would fit the bill perfectly, but I'm confused as to the exact status of the kitchen there. There's been all this talk about chef changes, but the last I read Siegel was still described as "kicking the tires." Meanwhile, is the "old" crew still in place? Has anyone been in the last few weeks who can give me an update? Should I not risk it?
I have a back-up reservation at Jack Falstaff. Comments?