Where to find non-madhouse on Saturday nite?
Where are you looking? This board serves a large area.
I find going to a favorite restaurant a tad early helps, especially if we can sit at the bar and have no reservations. (In CT at some of our favorite places we PREFER to sit at the bar, more fun and usually better service <Liv's, Cafe Routier.>) By the time it gets to be a madhouse we're done.