A few friends are coming down to my neck of the woods on Saturday night with designs on trying one of our many treasured restaurants. Now, the conundrum: where shall we go?
My first instinct is Loulou. It's always good, not terribly pricey (though certainly not cheap), and is sure to make a good impression, even if it won't be nice enough to sit outside. I've been to Loulou a lot, though, and it would be nice to go somewhere new(er) for the blog, right?
Olea is an option, but that falls into the same trap as Loulou - I've written about it a couple of times, although only for brunch, so this would be a slight change of pace.
We could try some place new (for me), like Mojito or Black Iris or Madiba, but while it's unlikely we won't enjoy them, the whole idea is that these friends want me to bring them somewhere I've been and know is good. No. 7 fits into this category, but who knows if it will actually be open?
Pequena? Maybe. It certainly will give us a good value. It's a bit cramped, though. Still, nobody will say no to margaritas.
Stone Home is an option, but it's definitely on the pricey side.
Any thoughts? Right now I think we'll fall somewhere in the Loulou/Olea/Mojito group.
Update: Brownstoner gave Loulou a writeup last week and even quoted me. I think that's a sign.