I'm headed to Seattle to celebrate my younger sister's 21st birthday, and am looking for recommendations for an exciting dinner out, with the following (admittedly conflicting) guidelines:
price: around $50 per person, poss more, with wine
ambiance: it's her 21st, so I want it to be fun! Not stuffy, not just quiet 40 to 50-year-olds sipping chard, but no meathead cocktail-swillers either. Something funky-ish, with elegance and character???
cuisine: she's lived in Paris, so I'm slightly leaning toward French, but we're both adventurous eaters so I'm open to any recommendations. Preferably something not in the vein of expensive hunks of meat or fish alongside unimaginative piles of starch and greens. We like seasonal ingredients and love our veggies.
explanation, of sorts: I work in a very high-end restaurant in San Francisco, and though I appear -- to some people -- to be around the age of 21, I know my food and wine. I want to go to a great restaurant that won't give me bad service because I look young, but know that's hard to predict. More specifically, I want a place that's into talking to customers about ingredients and is committed to knowing where their food comes from -- without any pretension. If it helps any of you, something along the lines of The Blue Plate in SF.
I welcome any and all advice on the matter... thanks, Chowhounds!