Dunaway’s Palazzo Ossigeno Restaurant

This was a birthday dinner, so we wanted to make it something special. After trying to finish our wedge salads, we really didn’t need to have dinner, but I ordered the quail. The accompanying goat cheese polenta alone was worth it, but the sauteed greens and the quali itself was wonderful (once you get past the fact that you’re eating teeny little birds). Chris chose Arrogant Bastard Ale (partly because it was fun to order, and partly because it was really, really good) and the pistachio-crusted chicken, which he also enjoyed immensely. We can only image how good the creme brulee must be, because the couple next to us seemed to enjoy theirs quite a bit. The decor, the service and the food were all high quality, and even though we were seated way too close to other diners to feel like we were having an intimate and romantic dinner, we still enjoyed the meal.

The Jazz Kitchen

Known for lots of live music, this local establishment is a nightclub and a restaurant. Recalling my first and only visit a couple of years ago, I remember fun jazz, pretty good ceviche, and lots of smoke. Since the time of our visit, The Jazz Kitchen has added a lovely patio and a corral to hide the lineup of dumpsters, both of which tremendously clean up the appearance of one of our favorite corners in town, 54th and College. The Jazz Kitchen also now caters to those patrons who prefer smoke-free nights; call or check the schedule on their website for your options. These recent changes warrant the venue a second look. 21 and over only.