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Another desperate plea for fancy B-DAY DINNER REC!

Okay, I'll try to get straight to the point.

I LOVE food, and my parents are coming into town this week to take me out to a nice dinner for my birthday. I want it to be a FABULOUS experience. The food is the most important part, no doubt, and I want to have an exquisite meal! I'd also like quality ambiance and service so that we all feel like we've had a wonderful experience worth every penny. As for types of food, I don't really care, but of course I want the food to be a touch above anything that could be easily replicated at home.

I have so far been angsting over Providence, Michael's or Wilshire, possibly A.O.C. - though I think I want more of a traditional meal - help me out here. I'm lost!

Thanks everybody!!

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  1. I think Asia de Cuba is a great birthday celebration location, but it's not "traditional" as you said. By traditional I'm assuming you mean more American food?

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    1. re: labs

      By traditional I mean a regular sit-down meal as opposed to Tapas.

      1. re: labs

        I have not been impressed with Asia de Cuba. The food at places like AOC, Providence, Grace, etc. is a lot better. They might lack the cool factor of Asia de Cuba and some patrons are really into that, but I'm too chowish to be swayed by it all.

      2. ..." I want the food to be a touch above anything that could be easily replicated at home"...

        Based on that statement, I suggest you read the linked review that got me to try, and become a fan of, Norman's:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. I'VE ENTERTAINED A LOT OF OUT-OF TOWNERS AT MICHAEL'S AND THEY'RE ALWAYS IMPRESSED. AND IF YOU'RE LUCKY, YOUR PARENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A GOOD CELEBRITY SIGHTING.

          1. Skip AOC for this one and head to Lucques - definitely a cut above. If everyone loves and wants fish, go to Providence.

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            1. re: gearoy

              i second lucques - and suzanne goin just won the beard award too. the food is outstanding as is the service.

              1. re: gearoy

                My fine dining chef friends swear by Providence

              2. Take your pick ...

                SPAGO

                MAKO

                SADDLE PEAK LODGE

                and of course, URASAWA.