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Over the next few months you may have family coming to town. Maybe for Christmas, New Year’s, or to protest the inauguration. Either way, there is a strong possibility you are looking for some elegant spots to take your parents or relatives for dinner, where you can get a tasty meal and some cocktails to make that meal a little more fun.

Consider booking a table at Jardenea, where the décor is sophisticated, the service is impeccable, and the food is fancy and delicious. I went over to check it out and was impressed from beginning to end.

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First, the drinks. The restaurant offers several which are fun for sharing, like a pineapple and rum concoction that comes with coconut foam and is served in a copper pineapple—with two straws!

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The menu changes with the seasons, but has a few dishes which are staples. The new fall and winter dishes are awesome and should all be sampled. I would recommend starting with the pear salad, full of winter greens, poached pears, and a sprinkling of blue cheese or the cauliflower soup, which will warm you to your toes. The Brussels sprouts topped with truffle essence is another enticing option.

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For your main course, there is one clear winner, the saffron pappardelle drenched in a sweet, sinfully creamy marsala sauce. Mushrooms and onions round out the decadence. Mop up any remaining drops of the sauce with the complimentary housemade breads.

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For dessert, the choices are endless. Cheesecake? Chocolate lava cake? Crème brûlée? They have them all. I am partial to the chocolate lava cake which has that perfect deep dark chocolate that I always crave and the quintessential liquid center. But the crème brûlée is also fantastic, with a crunchy burnt sugar top. For those who prefer a savory dessert, get the cheese plate with locally sourced cheeses. Regardless of what you get, everyone you dine with is going home happy!

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