BU Parents Weekend Dinner suggestions
Suggestions for good place for dinner with 8 people - meeting our son's girlfriend's family for the first time. Would like a casual place where you can talk with good food.
It's a little small, may not be the greatest for conversation but I highly recommend Carlo's Cucina at 131 Brighton Avenue, Allston (very close to B.U.), very good food, casual and very reasonable prices. I am not sure if they take reservations, but if they don't forget it, you will never get a table for 8.
I'm a big fan of Kenmore Square's India Quality. About a five minute walk or one subway stop from BU East.
If Indian isn't your bag, Chef Chang's just south of campus has very dependable American-Chinese, and Taberna De Haro across the street has wonderful tapas and spanish entrees.
I think Eastern Standard would work very well -
Right in Kenmore - google for price points - but can definitely go casual without a problem - good food all the way around.
Trattoria Toscana is a well-regarded casual Italian place in the Fenway area about 10 minutes? from BU - search the board for thoughts.
I love Carlo's but IIRC, it can be VERY cramped and loud, so not so great for a table of eight to have a conversation. I fully support going there on your own, however. Good chow...
Try hitting the Super 88 food court in Allston. It's spacious and casual with many good option (see 2 recent threads).
Also very nice is Ken's Ramen, around the corner from the food court.
Other good places in the Allston area: Aneka Rasa (Singapore/Malaysian), Buk Kyung II (Korean-Chinese).
My problem with foodcourt style eating is it's not at all conducive to conversation because the timing is off- everyone's off getting their own stuff and that means they don't end up all sitting at the same time. I have the same problem with Fire & Ice and with Marche when they were open.
Plus when you're a student, you want mom and dad to bring you out to the places you can't afford on your own :-)