My family's tradition is that the birthday boy or girl
gets taken to the restaurant of his or her choice.
For the first time in more than twenty years, I'm
going to be in L.A. for my birthday, so my family owes
me big time!
We usually go to some place nice but not formal.
Expense doesn't matter too much (don't want it to be
too cheap, or I won't feel like I'm getting a birthday
present), but no one in my family likes to dress up.
Prefer something unusual (prefer not American,
Italian, or French unless the place is special and
offers something unusual).