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Sep 4, 2012 02:31 PM

Looking for a "somewhat" special dinner...

My husband and i are celebrating our 11 year anniversary this weekend. We broke the bank with our 10 year celebration so are looking to keep it slightly more low key this year. Low key but still special with a nice atmosphere (and a place that is definitely not kid friendly since we spend our lives at kid friendly places with our three year old daughter!).

We love chef tasting menus, and would love a BYO with a tasting menu or, if not BYO, a tasting menu that offers wine pairings. We recently had a few fantasting chef tasting menus at 19 Bella and Mica. Either of those restaurants are our "back up" if we cannot find something new.

We are in Mont Co and will have limited baby sitter time so would prefer to keep it somewhat local, just so we do not waste precious time in traffic and dealing with parking issues!

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  1. AG, I don't recall if you have been to Blackfish. They have regular tasting menu "specials", mostly during the week. It's lobster this week.

    1. AG .. I know you had a bad experience at Deterra... but I noticed they have a tasting menu now. Would it be worth returning?

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      1. re: cwdonald

        Thanks, we actually did go back to Deterra over the summer and did the summer tasting menu and paired it with wines. It was fantastic, and their back patio is so nice on a summer evening.

      2. Right near Mica is Heirloom (but I don't know if they have a tasting menu). However, I was there with two couples a month ago and who walked in but George Perrier. He loves it there.
        You can't get a better recommendation than that!
        And it's a BYOB.

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        1. re: arepo

          Thanks, I had never even heard of Heirloom (where have I been?!). They look great, even though it does not seem that they have a chef tasting menu they may be a good option for Saturday!

          1. re: AmblerGirl

            Second arepo's Heirloom recommendation.

          2. re: arepo

            We had our anniversary dinner at Heirloom and it was absolutely fantastic - from the decor to the service to the food. Thank you so much for the recommendation, I had no idea the restaurant even existed. We will deefinitely be back!

            1. re: AmblerGirl

              Thanks for reporting back AG. I was curious after the suggestion. Can you give a few details on the food?

              1. re: crazyspice

                The food, the most important part!!! One thing I have to point out is all of their bread is house made and it tastes really fresh and home made too. We had a flatbread appetizer and the flatbread was house made, so not crispy like a typical flatbread but very soft and dense. Unexpected, but good. I had a stuffed trout that I still think about, stuffed with bacon and sitting on a pea risotto. The trout had absolutely no bones. We shared the donuts stuffed with apples for dessert at they were fantastic too, house made, with the perfect combination of crispy exterior and soft interior.

          3. We have visited Heirloom a few times: I say visited because only twice have we dined there. We found interesting menu items which we both enjoyed and the service was also very good. The only potential glitch is the reason we made a quick exit on one visit. The dining room can be extremely loud depending on the number of people and the volume of their conversations. There are quite pleasant tables outside and in this season a move to a more quiet table is a possibility.

            1. Hmmm, I'm trying to decide on a restaurant for a mid-week dinner in chestnut hill. Would you recommend Mica or Heirloom:? It sounds like both were fantastic, what sets them apart?

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              1. re: swobohe

                Mica is expensive, and not a byob.

                1. re: swobohe

                  Definitely Heirloom. I do like Mica, they are fantastic an their tasting menus are outstanding. I just think Heirloom is a notch above in terms of atmosphere, service and value.

                  1. re: AmblerGirl

                    Totally agree with AmberGirl. Heirloom is more innovative. The chef thinks out of the box. For example: Their southern bar-be-qued chicken dish is to die for fantastic and unique.
                    This is a hiding place for Georges Perrier. What could be a better recommendation?
                    Another little heard of gem is the Italian restaurant right up the block -- Stella Sera. Charming decor and fine food.

                    1. re: arepo

                      We had our anniversary dinner at Stella Sera last night, and we couldn't have been more pleased. Friendly staff, the food was delicious and a cozy atmosphere on a chilly night. fyi - OpenTable showed no opening for when we wanted to go, but I called and had no problem making a reservation. I'm not a chocoholic, but the no flour chocolate cake was just fantastic!

                      1. re: localgal55

                        So glad to hear you liked it. We were there too and loved our dinners. We saw friends of ours who also dined there and said they all loved their meals too.
                        The only problem was the noise level. Too loud!!
                        Happy Anniversary.
                        (now try Heirloom if you haven't already)

                        PS. To patrons who pay in cash and do not use Open Table, they will credit 10% off your bill.