My stepdad is turning 71. We had planned to take him to Saddle Peak Lodge, but he's not feeling very well these days so need someplace closer to where he lives, which is Burbank. He's pretty old school, so Smoke House is the sort of place he likes, but he was educated by my late mother to like more interesting food, so is there anything new in that area for a nice dinner with a couple of his friends (whose tastes are not all that sophisticated either)? He no longer eats sushi so Nozawa is out. Pasadena is probably too far but Studio City would probably be okay, or I guess even Hollywood is really not too far (I'll go pick him up). I just can't bring myself to go to the Smoke House.