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Who's firing out the best food right now?

I'm going back and forth between taking my fiancee out for dinner next weekend for her birthday, or cooking her favorites at home. Of the top restaurants in the area, is there one that's that's firing out must have dishes? I'm thinking either La Belle Vie, Heartland, Alma, or Piccolo. Most likely the tasting menu option, for those available. Also open to other suggestions - Tillia? (but Tillia doesn't take reservations, correct? That might put them out of the running). Anyone new and flying under the radar that's really hitting the mark right now? Thanks!

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  1. My favorite meals recently have been at Travail/Rookery, Corner Table. Tasting menus at both, but the reservation issue at the former.

    In the new-ish/under the radar group, I like Gray House. I went a few weeks back and had the tasting menu. $20, 3 courses. Star of the show was a flank steak with steel cut oat 'risotto'. Excellent deal...nice, cozy spot in the midst of Uptown/LynLake madness. My only knock on the place was pacing. I was by myself, and I was still sitting for 20+ minutes between courses, with ~10 other people in the restaurant. The FOH needs to do better communicating that, IMO. If I was there with someone else, it wouldn't have bothered me as much.

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    1. re: BigE

      I've had the same issues with Gray House's pacing, and we've been there several times. They've been open for about a year now and still have things they need to figure out.

      I would second Corner Table, but they are currently moving locations and may not be open.

      1. re: BigE

        I just had an excellent dinner at Piccolo- that place is truly excellent, and always innovating. La Belle Vie, I think, is a can't miss choice, and in a class of its own.

        Recently, I had a really surprisingly excellent meal at Bar Lurcat. Its a place I sort of forgot about. I think there quality has improved from my memory, and a perfect birthday choice.

        Also, for birthday fun, Travail might be a good option. But definitely not if your looking for quiet romance.

        1. re: KyleThomas

          We celebrated a friend's birthday at Piccolo recently. Food: creative and delicious; space: serene and elegant; servers: friendly yet professional, and at the end of the meal the birthday girl was presented with a special desert and a card signed by the entire staff.

      2. Belle Vie (Lounge)
        Meritage
        Bachelor Farmer

        Many other fine choices but those 3 are hors classe right now.

        1. I had a great dinner at Borough last weekend, and I'd always recommend Corner Table, Alma or Meritage.

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          1. re: drew13000

            I'd put in a second for Borough too, though I've only ever eaten at Parlour (downstairs bar).

            Best burger in town, hands down.

          2. my vote would be for Victory 44 right now

            very inventive menu items which usually range from unbelievable to very good.

            1. The kitchen at the Kenwood never disappoints, they are pros. The service is adequate. It's not one of those concept places that fail to deliver.