Festive restaurants in the Tio Pepe mold
When I was at Mari Luna's Latin Grille recently I was struck by the fact that it's a very festive restaurant. It occurred to me Most Festive Restaurants would make a good Top 10 for next Tuesday at the beginning of the holiday season.
First of all, we need to define festive. Tio Pepe has it. You need a lot of people having a very good time. But it can't be a lot of people having a good time being really hip and cutting-edge and too cool to let on that they're having a good time.
There's nothing cutting-edge about festive restaurants, I don't think, but we love them anyway. ...
The problem is that I got kind of stuck after Mari Luna and Tio Pepe. (I also think it's a coincidence that they're both Latin. Other kinds of places can be festive. Or not?) Anyone want to take a crack at what festive in this context means and what other restaurants provide that kind of atmosphere?
While I'm at it, I'll bring up an e-mail that seems related. MrBill2U suggested this for a Top 10:
Have you ever done a top 10 on where to go for the office holiday lunch party?
The answer is no, but this is certainly the time to discuss it, if not come up with 10 places to recommend. The lists for both could be the same.