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Trotters--advice needed.

subchris | Mar 21, 200607:37 PM

Alright, I have some questions.

For a wedding anniversary, my wife and I will be dining at Charlie Trotter's (in May). This is set, we want to do this, I know lots of people don't like the place, and I've read the reasons why, but we're pretty much set on going.

This is our first experience in the world of haute cuisine (the fanciest place we've dined at thusfar is Le Titi in Arlington Heights--which we loved). We're young, but not paranoid (a lot of the 20something reviewers seem ready to pounce on anything "snooty" Le Titi I felt that way briefly until I realized everyone around us, including the older folks and the Italain suit guy were being treated the same).

In things I've read, it seems like most people recommend that if you are new to this sort of thing, you should say so to the server. Agree/disagree? If agree, then just how does one do this?

With wine, $85 is the cost of the wine pairings...from what I've read the amount of wine is substantial. Can this be "split"? Would it be better to simply get 1-2 glasses of wine each? The wine list has bottles of wine as low as $18, and a huge list of under $75. Can one expect to be treated differently if we opt for a $40 bottle and leave it at that?

I'll most likely be driving, (unless I get an insane Priceline deal and then we'll be cabbing), and intend on paying cash, so here's a something I've never seen discussed...the valet parking. What's the charge for this? I get the tipping thing, but I assume this isn't free.

I may have more if/when these get answered.

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