We ended up at Bistro Zin, and totally enjoyed it. Yes, it's noisy, trendy and very 'hip.' But the food and service (esp. the food) and the wine list were excellent, imaginative but not getting to the edge of weirdness. Still based on a french bistro theme, the menu took a few right turns, that hit all the right points. The radichio salad with calamari was right on target, some of the most tender lightly cooked calamari I've had in ages. Unusual citris dressing that went well with a hot summer night. My duck was generous and cooked properly, if one overlooked the lack of crispy skin due to the cherry glaze, which managed to be sweet and tart at the same time. Spinach on the side was outstanding. Husband's steak cooked to his order, and he raved. I raved about his sides of tiny french beans and the rouquefurt mashed potatoes were out of this world. Alas, the bread was mediocre, the butter plain (I've been spoiled by these flavored butters). No desert, thank you, but they looked lovely. A very nice, reasonably priced meal considering the quality and size of servings.
El Charro - yes, I know. But husband wanted ribs. And they were damn good ribs. The prime rib was excellent as well, for once as rare as I always want it and can never get it. A bargain for this kind of food. And the service was acceptable, though why they use those metal plates and don't heat them up, I'll never know. Stupid thing.
Lunch and snacks at poolside at Ventana Canyon, as classy as possible. Not cheap, but not gouging us either. Probably the best cinnamon roll I've ever had, and at $3.25 another bargain. Great french fries, great service, great scenery, great hotel.
Couldn't find anything open within the Catalina Mtns area for lunch on Monday, unfortuantley, so ended up at Chuy's. Never again. Never, never, never.