My birthday is coming up and my wife is going to take me out for dinner. She has asked me to pick where I will be going.
I am looking for a better-than-average mid-priced restaurant that is a good value. I have been to a couple of places recently (Kuna and Perry's in particular) where I felt the meal was overpriced given the food I got. Going to an overrpiced restaurant really ruins the experience for me.
I also find that stuffy restaurants do not appeal to me. For instance, take Citronelle. The food there was fabulous but I found the place too formal and stuffy for my taste.
Thus, I am looking for a good value where the meal costs no more than $40-$50 bucks a person.
Things I would prefer --
-- Friendly but efficient service
-- Not cacophonic
-- Good-size portions. A restaurant where I need to order dessert to alleviate my hunger is definitely not one where I want to go.
-- I do not like sushi or shellfish.
-- There is something about the meal (whether it be ingredients or technique) that I could not replicate easily at home
-- I especially like Chinese, Thai, Indian, and tomato-sauce Italian meals but generally am open to cuisine.
-- I live in Virginia so I would prefer Virginia or DC.
An example of a restaurant I felt was a good value was Four and Twenty Blackbirds. That is too far for me to go on my birthday though.
Thanks in advance.