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Help! James, Gayle, BPerrier, Marigold, Lacroix...?

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My husband and I live in the western suburbs and rarely venture downtown for dinner, but we have good friends coming from out of town and would like to take them into the city.

We're going out on Saturday, Mar 1 - since it's coming up, I can't get reservations at some places, but there seems to be hope for the following restaurants. I would LOVE any feedback! We've never been to any of these...

James
Gayle
Brasserie Perrier (I actually already made reservations here, but then have read less-than-great reviews)
Marigold Kitchen (I know the chef and menu recently changed)
Lacroix (I've only seen great reviews, but my husband is a bit of a "cautious eater" and the menu looks a little intimidating)

Thanks for any thoughts!

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  1. My order:

    Lacroix
    Gayle
    Marigold Kitchen
    Brasserie Perrier
    James

    1. Definitely not James. My husband and I were very disappointed in the food and the service. I would recommend Gayle - it's cozy, fun, interesting and delicious.

      1. Gayle is excellent - menu is very interesting and food is delicious. We've only eaten once at Lacroix under the current chef and were disappointed. Marigold Kitchen was very good but haven't tried it since the chef changed. We like Brasserie Perrier. The food was good at James but the portions were almost too small to see - I'm used to smaller portions but 2 scallops for a dinner entree (or maybe 1 scallop sliced in half) is ridiculous!

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        1. re: Beulah

          you know, i've heard that a lot about james. a lot of my friends have eaten there and liked it, but all mention the prices, in a way that you wouldn't about other restaurants in the same price range. kinda odd. seems to be a place that a lot of folks put into the "places I'd like to eat on someone else's dime" category.

        2. BP will be different when you are in town, they are changing their menu to get more casual. Might be worth a shot.

          1. I am going to Gayle tonight so I will have something to report tomorrow:)

            1. My vote is for Gayle. I have never been disappointed. We will venture in from Upper Bucks to eat there. Love the veal stew .Enjoy!

              1. Two friends and I ate at Gayle last night. The food was really special. Really wonderful flavors and beautiful presentations. I thought the menu was a bit deceiving in that I could not tell what a dish would look or taste like from reading the menu. The wait staff did answer our questions but we were still surprised (pleasantly so) by what showed up on our plates. We did have a few problems with the service. They mixed up our first course order, bringing one of us the wrong dish. We had a hint that they were confused because they came back to check but asked the wrong person what they had ordered. Then we had an extremely long wait between the first course and the entree. Perhaps it is standard because no one said a word. Lastly, the coffee was not hot. When I asked for a fresh cup, it took at least 10 minutes to arrive. They did not charge us for the coffee which was nice but my last impression of Gayle was not a good one. The service lapses were not enough to spoil the meal but I could not recommend this restaurant to a few of my friends who are really picky about service.