I've got a birthday celebration coming up and would like some chowhounders ideas. I'm looking for a restaurant which either takes reservations or one is almost guaranteed to be seated without waiting. Good service is a must. It can be a forgotten 20 year old favorite or the new kid on the block, I am not interested in the scene. Most important is the food. I'm looking for dishes that are creative and taste wonderful. Meat and seafood are okay but I prefer those items as garnishes or flavor enhancers to a plant based menu. Some examples of places I enjoy the cooking are How to Cook a Wolf, Rover's, Opal, and Carmalita. I have been disappointed with Crush and Lark. Please post your ideas, thanks!