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Finally Getting Out Again - Help Me Rank These New(ish) Spots

peppermint pate | Apr 30, 200807:15 AM

So now that our little babes are nearing a year old, my husband and I are easing ourselves back into the dining out scene. With few exceptions, if it's opened in the last year, we haven't tried it yet. My list of spots to try is as follows: Foxley, Delux, Nyood, Citizen, Pravda, Tabla, Avant Gout, Quattro Regazze, Globe, Sidecar, Tati, Mengrai and maybe Bistro Camino (yeesh - big list!!). I'm saving Colbourne Lane for a big event.

My first priority is always great food and I'm always happy with some cool atmosphere in a funky room to enjoy it in. Service must be friendly and good - if I'm going to get attitude, I'm not interested, no matter how great the food. And I really want consistency - acknowledging that any place can have a bad night, I'd rather try and avoid any obvious clunkers since my nights out have become so precious. And finally, since we're sometimes dining out at 6, I'm curious to know which places have either a nice bar to eat at or might otherwise have some other patrons at an early hour - even the best restaurants can feel a little blah if you're sitting at a lone table in a big room.

So with all that to chew on, which spots do you think should be on the top of my list or off my list? Any other places you can think of that I've missed (note - I have been to L'Unita and Simple)? Thanks!!!!

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