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Lucked into an impromptu date night with the husband tomorrow night (free babysitting!) and now we have to decide where to go. Hubby has to be gluten free, which cramps our style a bit. Last meal out was at Modo Mio (might consider a return, but open to other options). I'm headed to Barbuzzo soon w/friends, so that's out too. I'am always torn between old favorites (Bibou, Kanella) and new places. Just about anything goes, as long as the food is great and there are gluten-free options (Zahav is tough, as are most of the Italian and Chinese places). I'm wondering about a.kitchen and Tallula's Garden, but also thinking about Koo Zee Doo or someplace like that. Ack! Indecision. Where would you go?

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  1. Oh, also wondering about Micah in Chestnut Hill if anyone has any opinions.

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    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

      Mica is nothing special. Koo Zee Doo is awesome but the portions are a little big for a party of two, and finding GF dishes could be a problem. Bibou just came back from vacation today (I think) so you can probably forget about getting in there tomorrow. Talula's Garden has had 3 chefs since it opened, the most recent one just took over a few days ago I think so you may want to wait a while before checking it out. I haven't been to a.kitchen yet but everything I've heard has been good.

      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        We had dinner at Mica a few weeks back and absolutely loved it. We did the chef tasting and the chef was extremely accomodating to our taste, so if your husband is gluten free I am sure they can accomodate. Everything they used was very seasonal, fresh and light.

        1. re: AmblerGirl

          Good to know. We'll check it out sometime. Meanwhile, we had a terrific time at Osteria last night--a stellar meal as usual.

      2. I finally made it to Koo Zee Doo for the first time a few weeks ago and was very impressed. Vivid flavors, attention to detail (most notably in textures--every piece of shellfish came out remarkably tender, and the duck on the arroz con pato was perfectly medium rare), and with all the protein options, gluten-free shouldn't be a problem at all.

        The only potential issue is that the portions are sized to be shared, which means that a party of two will have a hard time tasting many dishes without having to over-order. I couldn't imagine putting away more than 2 apps, 1 entree and 1 dessert between two people. If you do go, my recommended dishes (based on only one visit, of course): shrimp piri piri (very spicy), chicken gizzards, arroz con pato, any of the salads. We didn't try the pork & clams, though I've heard consistently good things about it.

        And if hearty Portuguese doesn't end up being your thing, maybe Fish? Or Pumpkin, with their newish chef? Or Fork?

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        1. re: nwinkler

          I should clarify--we've been to Koo Zee Doo and loved it. GF options aren't a problem but I do love to try lots of things so I'm hesitant. Bibou has openings but part of me wants to try something new, much as I love Bibou. I'm thinking of going in a different direction altogether and going to a steakhouse or something like that. Hmmm. . .

          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Have you tried Giorgio on Pine yet? I also have a GF spouse and have been wanting to go there for awhile, but haven't had the opportunity.

            1. re: paychecktoday

              We tried Giorgio's once and it was ok, but nothing to write home about. Given the lack of GF options, it's a decent option, but not a destination.

              We ended up deciding on Osteria (weather permitting). We haven't been in long time, the menu appealed (as does the easy parking and shorter drive from the northern burbs), and DH always manages to enjoy his meals there even without pizza and pasta.

            2. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              Aha, sorry I missed that and went on a useless disquisition. Sounds like you're all set--hard to go wrong at Osteria. Enjoy!