Special Occasions Dinner in DFW
I am looking for a place to take my wife and the in-laws for my mother-in-law's birthday. We're looking for a place that has nice food but is not stuffy. We're looking for good food without pretense.
I was thinking Lola but I've never been before.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
Lola would be a great choice. The atmosphere is nice but relaxed, food is great, wine is very reasonably priced. Nonna would be a good choice too.
How about Sevy's, Maguires, or Chamberlain's Seafood? Your mother-in-law is probably of my generation, and I like all three.
Tillman's is fun, but can get loud. Out of town guests always love Tillman's and Hattie's (seems like that's the only time I ever go there). Everyone likes Tillman's smores and french fries. How about Local in Deep Ellum? I love Sharon Hage's food, but I feel so claustrophobic in York. It really is like NYC tiny. If you do decide to go stuffy, a lot of "older" people love Old Warsaw. I don't get it, but everyone has such individual taste.
When I get together with my in-laws, we do Indian. Their tastes veer a little more towards the mild, so we go to India Palace. They like it because it's pretty and not too crazy spicy. Totally safe. For the record, given a choice, I like Chettinaad Palace.
I don't care for Celebration. I know it's pretty beloved here in Dallas, but I'd eat at Bubba's any day before I go there. IMO, it's just not worth the price.