"Best" restaurants usually tend to serve more appropriate portion sizes, anyways. It's the mid-range/family type restaurant that tends to bulk up every plate with more starch than a person needs to eat in a week.
So, yes, I'm all for finding something that is "fine dining". It's win-win in that it will be memorable, a great meal, AND probably not an utter diet-busting carb-fest.
Tip: don't pick from the bread basket. share an appetizer. drink wine rather than mixed cocktails. eat slowly... extend the meal, savour the ambiance, atmosphere, time-together while you slowly savour the flavour of fantastically-prepared food. Pick something like steak or chicken or lamb (yeah, lamb is rich, but they'll only give you a couple chops!! It's a "savouring" food, higher calorie density but smaller portion!)... avoid main dishes that are built around a lot of starch (i.e. pasta).
Share a dessert, why not. Sharing is a nice together-way to enjoy food, while keeping your portion size under control.
And most of all... enjoy! Congratulations :)
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
| current weight: 174.0