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"chefy" in the city?

wowimadog Oct 15, 2007 09:16 AM

where would you take your sophisticated, cosmopolitan, well-traveled aunt to catch up over dinner tonight? we'd like something walkable or a quick cab ride from ontario/michigan.

*wishes*
serene, intimate, elegant space for quiet conversation
inventive, artful cuisine
gracious, polished service
open early
"chefy," but not sparse or inaunthentic

*wish to avoid*
chains (obvious)
highly-concepted/themed
touristy
noisy
mexican, french and italian

thanks in advance.