I'm looking for recommendations of comfortable restaurants.
My wife and I have this discussion every week.
She suggests a restaurant and I don't mind going there because the food is good, but I always say "The chairs are uncomfortable." Or "The tables are too close to the benches in the booths." Or "they pack too many tables in there."
It doesn't even matter if the restaurant is pricy or trendy. Some really "hot" places are too crowded or have crappy chairs.
An example of a very, very comfortable restaurant is Pacific Dining Car. They practally use easy chairs with arms and everything.
But comfortable doesn't have to mean easy chairs or even padded chairs with arms or the PDC prices. There are coffee shops that are really comfortable. Comfortable -- to me -- means the chairs are nice and roomy (rather than pieces of modern art that hurt your butt), the booths aren't set up so that the table is too close to you so you can barely slide in, the other diners aren't right on top of you. (FWIW - I'm average sized. Like 5'10", 175 ... so it's not like I'm Shaquille O'Neal and nothing is comfortable to me.)
Heck, you guys know what comfortable means.
When I go out to eat, I want to relax. I want leg room. I want elbow room. I want to be able to move my chair back a couple of inches and not bump the guy sitting behind me.
The only other caveat is that the food has to be pretty good. In other words, not every restaurant we eat in (or that you might recommend to me and everyone else in this thread) has to be "the best taco/steak/fish/hommos/whatever." I'm just talking chowhoundish places that are physically comfortable ... where even the physical comfort raises the quality of the restaurant a notch.