Uptown dinner recommendations
We are entertaining a couple from Dallas this weekend and are looking for a recommendation for an uptown restaurant. I know I know, they are from Dallas so even our worst idea will still blow them away. Nevertheless, we are looking for something not too expensive and somewhat casual. Jacque-Imos would meet this description, but we have already been there with them. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Dante's Kitchen is nice, good food. Really nice patio too.
Then there is Lillette and Le Petit Grocery, both of which I think have gotten mixed reviews on this board. I liked them both, Lillette more than Grocery. Don't know if they are casual enough, but their both bistros.
Everyone loves Dick and Jenny's, I've only been once and had an ok meal. The wait is ridiculously long because they don't take reservations.
Iris. Not boisterous like J-I's, but the food is great, and it's small and pretty casual. I do like Dick and Jenny's, too. One Restaurant might be good, too, though I wasn't overly impressed the very last time I went. They've changed the menu since then, you might want to take a look.
Also, Crepe Nanou or Mat 'n' Naddie's.
By all means, Brigsten's both fits the bill for food & experience and is relaxed in atmosphere to boot, and also blows away any of the other places mentioned previously.
The Upperline is very good as well, but the food at Brigsten's is the trump card.
Be sure to call ahead for a reservation, though. Frank and Marna Brigsten do well for a reason...