dinner w/mom near Century City
Seems like I'm at a loss for restaurant choices every time one or both of my parents come to town . . . looking for some place to take my mother for an early Mother's Day dinner next Wednesday. She'll be in town for a conference, staying at the Century Plaza (or whatever it's called these days). Since she will have just flown in from the east coast that day, I'd like to keep it relatively low key and casual, but still some place kind of nice where we can carry on a conversation without screaming across table at each other (and where I can make a reservation rather than waiting around for a table), and within about a 10 minute drive of Century City. Foodwise, I don't eat seafood of any sort, and she doesn't eat red meat or anything extremely spicy, so good options are usually Italian, any Asian other than sushi, California cuisine (whatever that means these days) - any suggestions?