I would like to get a gift certificate for my brother and his wife for their birthdays. What would you recommend that is within about a 20 minute drive of this area, where they could get appetizer, entree, and dessert (they're not wine drinkers) for about $70? They would enjoy standard or nouveau American cuisine, Italian, German, and possibly French.
I have looked at several posts, and I think the Rathskeller and R Bistro would be good options, but I think it is quite a drive to get downtown for them.
And while you're at it, we will be visiting them for a week or so in March and would love recommendations on good, cheap ethnic restaurants in the area. Is Shen Yang anywhere close? Dim sum sounds fantastic. Vietnamese and Middle Eastern restaurants would also be a plus as we can't get that at home.