Where to take two nonadventures Moms for dinner in the Arlington area
Any ideas? I'm taking my mother and her friend out for dinner; they're both afraid of "weird" foods and don't want to spend too much money...I cannot think of a single place!!
Za? They can get a pretty "normal" pizza there, or experiment a little bit if they're in the mood.
Za is more of a moms w/ kids place, but the salads are great and the pizza is good, plus prices are very reasonable.
Jimmy's Steer House isn't great, but it's maybe a bit better than Not Your Average Joe's? Both are usually jammed, especially on the weekend.
Almost everything else in Arlington is ethnic - Kathmandu Spice, Punjab, Mifune are all good. Something Savory has a Caribbean slant, so might not work,
Wish I could be more helpful. Maybe you can go back into Cambridge and hit Cambridge Common or West Side Lounge?
Very sweet and traditional, but the food has disappointed us both times we went there. We haven't been back in a while as it's out of our usual orbit; has it improved greatly?
As for the OP, are you willing to come as far as Davis Square? If so, I might suggest either Redbones for BBQ if you eat early, before it gets noisy, or La Spina for decent Italian in a very non-adventurous atmosphere. By the way, many here recommend Blue Ribbon in Arlington for BBQ, although I don't know if the atmosphere is conducive to moms.
I would say that nonadventurous=Jimmy's Steer House. Tryst and Flora are upscale places that are may be a bit too "different" for them (I know that my folks would never go there). Za is definitely an option, as is La Buona Vita (though I sense a downhill alert there).
Another option is Frank's Steak House in North Cambridge. It's just over the border, and is a little like Jimmy's Steer House, though I think the steaks are better at Frank's.
Another option might be Ristorante Lucia in Winchester Center. It looks a bit fancy, but they have basic pasta dishes and the prices aren't too bad.
Finally, you might want to think about Jade Garden in Arlington Heights. They have a decent buffet, and the prices are good. Nice people there, too.