pre-movie dinner near Clearview mall
I am not a big fan of Serrano's or Zea's. The only fairly decent place is the Chinese rest. Cafe East. Is there a good pre-movie restaurant nearby with good food? Does not have to be fancy, just good.
Not sure how "near" you need it to be...Siamese Thai is right across from the Vets entrance to Lafreniere Park, not too far away, and reasonably quick/uncrowded. Sal & Sam's is within rock-throwing distance of the mall, as is Houston's (just across Vets).
I second Celeste's options, and would like to add that Fat City is nearby with Drago's and Crazy Johnny's, and Bozo's is off Causeway. I think Cafe Equator (Thai) is open, and Acme Oyster House is not too far on Veterans.