Hi! I'm new to the boards. I am looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate my 30th birthday at with my boyfriend and my parents. I'd prefer New American that evening, but I also enjoy French cuisine for special occasions.
I live in Glendale, so I realize I'll likely have to venture out. Since my parents are coming up from San Diego, and my boyfriend works late, I'm trying to coordinate something fairly close to my house. Something in Pasadena would be ideal, but I have no problem going to the following areas: Downtown, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Ventura Blvd. by Sherman Oaks / Studio City, Burbank, Los Feliz. I'd like to avoid the Westside simply because I don't want to deal with traffic that night (Wednesday).
The nicest restaurants I've been to in LA were The Little Door, Jiraffe, Patina & Simon LA. I've enjoyed The Little Door, but it is a bit too romantic since my parents will be coming along with us. Jiraffe is a bit far that night. Patina was decent, nothing to write home about. I loved Simon LA, but I'd like to try something new.
Taste on Melrose is one of my favorite restaurants, but I'd like to do something different for this big birthday.
I've been reading about Providence, but it seems a bit pricey and the pictures I've seen look like portions are tiny. My parents are a bit on the budget side, but of course they don't mind spending money for a special occasion, as long as it's worth it. I've also been reading about Hatfield's, Madeleine's (Pasadena), Craft.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions you have, thank you in advance!! :)