Two Special Special Restaurants for January
My beloved (and spry) Mom is turning 90 in January. She doesn't need much but she does like eating and going to restaurants. She is going to join the regular girl's dinner out I have with two of my sisters-in-law and then I'd like to go out again as a foursome with my husband and her gentleman friend, who's pushing 95. I'm considering Staple and Fancy for Girl's Night, Her friend has some trouble walking so stairs/steps or a long walk from parking/drop off would be an issue. He's also not very adventurous. Canlis springs to mind, but I think it might be dark for their navigation. As for Mom's food preferences, she said, "Anything but Chinese. We have that fairly often." Early dining would also be a plus. Ideas?
Reporting back! We had a great time at Staple and Fancy. I had no idea what a lavish spread their "fancy" dinners are. Mom said, "I hope someone is taking notes so I can remember everything we ate!" If they had stopped bringing food after the appetizers I would have thought myself well fed. Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure. Lots of fun. I also appreciate the availablity of half glasses of wine and "mocktails". Tonight we went to Canlis. It's a beautiful space, the food is good, but what really sets it apart is the service. You feel taken care of. My husband says, "They fuss over you without being fussy." It's the best place I've been for making a special occasion feel really special. Mom said, "Let's do it again in 10 years!"
I think your instincts here are excellent. Staple & Fancy is a great choice for something fun, modern and delicious, and Canlis is still a classic and excellent choice for special occasions. The lighting in Canlis varies widely by time of day and of year, since they have giant lake-facing windows. I was there around this time last year, and even though it was dimmer than my previous visit, it was easily navigable, with few tricky steps.