My husband is turning 30 Saturday. He only wants to go out to dinner. I'd love to take him someplace delicious and fun, and worthy of celebrating a new decade. Any recommendations here or in Seattle or Puget Sound area?
I get questions like the one posed by KK from Tacoma all the time. Birthdays, anniversaries, relatives coming to town. One guy even wanted a recommendation on a swank Seattle place where he could buy a gift certificate to thank the doctor who saved his wife from brain cancer.
Reviewing restaurants for publication is one thing. When I'm doing my job, I'm a surrogate for all of you, and I relish that privilege and responsibility.
But to be responsible for one person or group's special occasion? What if dinner isn't special? What if the kitchen has an off night? What if the hostess loses your reservation? I'd rather eat Xanax.
I know KK from Tacoma, but I don't know her husband. I know what was fun for me when I was 30 years old. But I can't presume to know what a 30-year-old guy I don't know would consider fun. I don't know what kind of food he likes or dislikes.
To those readers whose calls and e-mail I don't address, it's not that I don't want to respond to your inquiries. It's that I don't want the burden of responsibility for your special occasions if your night out is anything but special.
I'll stand by recommendations I make in my reviews. Interpret them and their contexts at your own pleasures.