Sorry in advance if this is long, I've heard that providing lots of info gets the most helpful suggestions.
I'm finally marrying my g/f of 6 years July 8 in Toronto. It will only be the two of us, a small ceremony, yada yada yada.
I'd like some suggestions for dinner on my wedding night.
Let me start by saying she's very picky, by which I mean that until we started dating, fine dining for special occasions was essentially Applebee's. (small town childhood, I try not to hold it against her :)
I've been trying to bring her out of her shell restaurant-wise. At present, her favorite place to eat is Olive Garden, although she knows if its a bday/anniversary, I will spit nails if brought to Olive Garden. I consider this progress.
I'm not exactly into haute cuisine myself...I've tried sushi exactly once and decided that was enough, and have eaten in a Thai restaurant once, and wasn't thrilled. I do, however, prefer non-chain restaurants that offer something unique...even if its a traditional dish with a distinctive flavor.
We both LOVE Italian, Chinese (although, what would probably be considered "Americanized" Chinese...lo mein, crab rangoon, sweet and sour, etc.), and a good steak never hurt anyone.
I'd almost prefer NOT to go anywhere too "hip" or "trendy", as we (esp she) get a bit too...self-conscious? in some of these environments. Yes, we know we're cool, but we're also busy moms in semi-rural Ohio, so we're not as 'au currant' as some.
We'd both *hate* to be served something the size of a quarter with a drop of sauce as a side dish, or something like cream of kiwi bisque with caviar and lamb togue pate, I don't care how good you say it is :). I fear she will run screaming from the building.
The option of a good side/appetizer/house salad is a plus, too.
Also, we're not doing wedding cake (for two people?!), so we've decided to order several desserts after dinner to serve as a substitute. A place with good desserts is a must.
If you're still reading, thank you! I appreciate any and all suggestions, will google them all, and give any other information you think would be helpful!