So it's going to be my birthday next month and my family always takes me out anywhere I'd like. Last year I had a very disappointing meal at Parke Ave in Stanton and I really don't want to be disappointed again this year. I have my options narrowed down to Crow Bar and Marche Moderne (but I am open to other suggestions!!) after searching through these boards (the Ultimate OC) and elmo's blog I thought that those two restaurants best fit what I was looking for and were within my family's budget. Marche Moderne seems like to be the better restaurant according to the ultimate oc poll but it seems very safe. Crow Bar seems very interesting and fun but I heard the portion size may be a bit small. Does anyone have recommendations and can anyone help with which I should choose and what dishes are a must try? (right now i'm leaning a bit more towards crow bar's gastro-pub thing)
Thanks for any help! I really don't want to disappoint my family again this year.