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Dinner To Meet The “Present” Love-Of-Her-Life

My granddaughter is an attractive, sexy, totally cool, highly intelligent 26 year old who has a Masters in Public Administration and a high profile position with the City of Burbank. He’s a 29 year old cop with the LAPD but far from the typical cop. He’s intelligent, degreed, compassionate, understanding and in every way reminds me of the “old-school-romantics” of fifty or sixty years ago, by always saying and doing those things that used to make a woman feel special, loved, and needed. They were both born in Colombia, and came here when they were very young. She wants me to meet him, and he’s panicked at the thought. I want to take them to dinner at some restaurant where he won’t feel inhibited, either by it or by me. He prefers the casual to the formal. The San Fernando Valley is preferable but not mandatory. Athough they both eat all ethnic cuisines, his particular favorite is a meat-and-potatoes American restaurant. I would like the cost not to exceed $100.00. Would appreciate your suggestions.

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    1. re: Harry Nile

      My first instinct would be the Smokehouse in Toluca Lake. I'm jealous that your granddaughter has such a loving grandpa!

      1. re: Bria Silbert

        Yes, the Smoke House is a great idea! I've forgotten about it. I'll checkl it out. Thank you, Bria.

        1. re: Bria Silbert

          their online menu doesn't list prices for their dinner entrees.
          any idea about how much the place costs?

          1. re: westsidegal

            Hi, westsidegal. I can always rely on your being here. You're right. I just checked the menu on one of their sites, and there are no prices. Thank you for pointing that out.

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        1. Columbo's Steakhouse in Eagle Rock. Old school and comfy.

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          1. re: PurpleTeeth

            Thank you, raytamsgy. I'll check it out. And you're absoutely right. Let's hope he doesn'r read Chowhound. Thanks for the suggestin.

          2. I always enjoy Cafe Bizoul. I think the Valley location has a little better food, but the Pasadean location has a more upscale vibe. Dinner for 3 should come out right at $100 and they have $2 corkage, so you can bring a nice bottle of wine and not blow the budget. The menu is basic Continental, so they have steaks, chops and seafood nicely done, a little bump from basic meat and potatoes but not intimidating.

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            1. re: ocshooter

              You're absolutely correct, ocshooter. I've been a Cafe Bizou fan since the week it opened at its original location. But I am taking my two grandaughters and their mother to Cafe Bizou to celebrate another occasion. But a million thanks! You're right on target. Now I have to find another one....like a less expensive Smoke House.

              1. re: jwrites4u

                You might check out the Wine Bistro on Ventura Blvd. It has been ages since I have been, but it is very nice and I think they have a Prix fixe menu that can fit your budget. Again, nice, but not intimidating.

            2. What a lucky granddaughter you have!
              I haven't been in years and it may border on being too casual (sawdust on the floors), but what about USA Ribs in Burbank? I think it would fit your budget. Though I've never been, I've heard some good things about the newish Laurel Tavern (gastropub) in Studio City.

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              1. re: whatsfordinner

                Thank you, whatsfordinner. I'm not familiar with either of these, so i will certainly check thm out. Again....Thank you

                1. re: whatsfordinner

                  from their website, it appears that laurel tavern just serves burgers and other bar food. no reservations.

                  1. re: whatsfordinner

                    I think you mean Ribs USA. It's a very very casual place. But I have somehow never eaten there.