I will be meeting a childhood friend whom I haven't seen in 12 years (but haven't really "known" for 16+!) for dinner on Wednesday night.
She says she will eat anything...(lots of help, I know!) I'm begging her to help me narrow it down, but doubt I will get help. ;)
My top off-the-cuff choices thus far are Frontera Grill (but nervous about wait time and noise level), Cafe Spiaggia, and Aigre Doux (again, also concerned about noise level). Also thinking about Sepia (went a couple of weeks ago with the in-laws and it was outstanding, but loud). We haven't seen each other in so long and will for sure be in for a long conversation, so I am concerned about noise level...
Can "fun," "excellent food," and "intimate" all be one place?
Your suggestions are much-appreciated. Would like to stick to the "casual fine dining" restaurants and under, price-wise (hoping for $50-$60 or under pp if possible). I don't know what her budget is, exactly, but I think she makes a very good living, so I'm not too concerned about it for now. Nothing fancy or over-the-top, though!
Downtown/Loop area preferred (where she is staying), but Lincoln Park or near north would be fine, too (where I live)!
Thanks so much in advance...