Thanks to folks who gave us suggestions. We had dinner with friends at Zola - one of the best meals we've eaten in quite some time - our friends wanted to know how we found such a great place and of course we raved about Chowhound. I had tuna - very nicely grilled and sauced - my wife had venison, unbelievably tasty and tender. Her 'beet heat' appetizer was wonderful too.
We also had dinner [different night ;=)] at tayst - it was good but not great - I think we were spoiled from Zola the night before - wine recommendations were uniformly excellent - server and owner too present