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A little fancy, feels like a good value, veggie friendly?

owen_meany | Apr 29, 201508:15 AM

I'm hoping for suggestions for an upcoming birthday dinner. I'm looking for something that feels a little fancy/elegant (doesn't have to be too formal), feels like a good value for the money (I hate leaving a restaurant thinking "I just spent more on that meal than a car payment and I didn't even enjoy it much") and is vegetarian friendly (in that my meal won't have to consist of a salad and a side. I am a true vegetarian - I don't eat any meat, fish, or chicken -- my companion is a pescatarian). Reservations are a must. We're North of town but happy to travel into Boston, Cambridge, Somerville.

Other notes -- for what it's worth, we did not particularly enjoy Oleana when we went a few years ago -- I think it was more a service issue than anything but when I mentioned it to DH the other day (as I assume it will be tops on people's suggestions) he said, "I don't remember much about our meal there except that I remember thinking I never wanted to come back."

I thought of EVOO but I think I'd like the room a bit more comfortable. Am I misremembering the comfort level?

Lineage came to my husband's mind (and it captures the atmosphere I want and the price point, too) but there really isn't that much if anything to choose from for a vegetarian aside from the aforementioned salad.

Our eating out tends to be limited to Lineage and Highland Kitchen so even restaurants that have been around for a while that seem obvious to you are probably worth a mention if you have the time.

TIA,
Sara

PS Anneke Jans in Kittery is probably our leading contender at the moment. Gargoyles in its early days would have been up there, too.

Oleana,
EVOO Restaurant,
Highland Kitchen
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