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Nov 8, 2006 08:15 PM

If you were given a gift certificate for dinner as a gift, where would it be to?

So my Husband has asked if there are any places I would like to go for a nice meal (dinner/brunch) as a gift for Christmas. Keeping in mind I am allergic to nuts, oysters, calms,and mussels-what suggestions do you have?

I was thinking Spago, Providence, ocean Seafood,Chez Mimi, Inn of the Seventh, Asanebo..but I'm not sure-I would love suggestions of any good place in the LA, Pasadena, San Gabriel, SFV area.

I love pretty much anything without the food I am allergic to..any style, regions, ethnic origin.



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  1. I think of gift certificates as opportunities to try places that I have never--and might never otherwise--go. So, twere it me, I'd be choosing something like Providence. Providence sounds like somewhere I'd like, but it is a bit spendy and not particularly convenient for weeknight dining for me. Those factors make it a perfect gift certificate destination for me... with your food restrictions, things might be a bit tougher, but any place worth its salt should be able to work around those issues and should be able to do so with aplomb.

      1. re: wilafur

        saddle peak lodge is a great suggestion...hard to top it.

        1. re: cplourde

          Does anyone know what the tasting menu option is like at Saddle Peak?

          It just says $70 for food and $90 for food+3 oz. wine pairings, but says nothing about how many courses, etc.

          1. re: Pei


            It varies -- esp. now with the new chef.

            Executive Chef Steven Rojas: 818-222-3891

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Thanks! Didn't know about the new chef. Maybe that's they they're not posting it.

          2. re: cplourde

            oohh yes, I agree, Saddlepeak is great......sounds like you would not be into Urasawa, which would have been by first suggestion.

            1. re: budlit

              why not Urasawa? I love good sashimi...for those prices, I'm sure an informed chef would do omakase without potentially deadly allergen loaded items-Providence did. The chef came out to double check.

              I do like Saddle Peak, though.

              1. re: Diana

                I would choose Urasawa. But Spago is also an excellent choice. I still want to try Providence though.

                1. re: Diana

                  Urasawa! Hiro-san will do anything you want. A Christmas you will never forget!


          3. if you get a GC with any one of the Smith Brother's restaurants, they are able to use it at ANY one of the locations:

            Parkway Grill
            Arroyo Chop House
            Crocodile Cafe

            1. Don't know about the receiving end, but I'm more likely to buy one if I can get them discounted.

              1. I would love to receive a gift certificate for dinner at The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel (Pasadena area):