I've run a search under birthday and I have gotten some ideas that I hadn't even considered before, but I don't eat out (dine-in) all that often and I'm horribly indecisive. I'm wondering if you can either suggest things that I haven't thought of and/or just give me a decisive push towards an option, because right now the plan is for Boca Chica - and while I'm reasonably ok with that option, I feel like I'm settling and can do better.
*Birthday dinner (mine), mid-June, Friday night
*Group of 12 maximum (10 women, 2 men), will definitely have at least 8
*Most of us will already be in the downtown St. Paul area already so we're looking at downtown St. Paul, West 7th, or Cathedral Hill area
*One picky eater (they are not demanding, but I'd like to accommodate - as long as the place is willing to make a "plain" version of something - a burger or sandwich without the sauce or other accompaniments, we're good)
*One gluten-free (that would be me, not celiac so I'm not rabid about cross-contamination concerns) - and since it's for my birthday, I would like to at least have at least a few options rather than relegating myself to the one salad option that might be available (which means Italian, French, or Asian cuisines that heavily feature soy sauce are probably not great options)
*Not Indian (that would have been my first choice, but it was vetoed right away).
*I would prefer to keep entrees $20 or less. I'm sure if I asked, people would be willing to spend more to go for steak or something, but out of consideration I'd like to keep the price point under $20.
*I don't like overly noisy, but I don't want our group of 12 to be the loudest of the bunch and annoy our fellow diners.
Cheeky Monkey seems like it has real possibilities - would they be able to accommodate our group? Does it meet the criteria above?
Brasa is another possibility, but I worry the picky eater may not find something there.
I briefly looked at The Happy Gnome - entrees are over the price point, but sandwiches are within it...Yes? No?
Anywhere else or does it really seem like Boca Chica is my best option given the above?