Mother's Day in Bridgewater
Trying to plan ahead. Will be taking my fiance's mother out to dinner for Mother's Day in the Bridgewater area. Am tired of McCormick & Schmick's, New Orleans Family Restaurant, Conner's, Spain 92 (or is it 99?) and the places on the Main Street Somerville strip. Not to say some of these places aren't good, but looking for something different.
Any suggestions other than Asian, Thai or Italian? Basically looking for a nice place with a good "American" type menu.
RE: Future M-I-L. She's a total looney toon anyway. *lol* Of all the fine dining establishments we could take her to, she wants to go to.... (can you hear my head banging on the keyboard??).... Lone Star Steak House. Well, at least I won't have to get dressed up and will be able to "tolerate" her in comfort. *Sigh*
Wow, this is indeed a difficult question to answer. After I eliminated all the cuisines you mentioned, there wasn't much left!
You say you're tired of the places on Somerville's Main Street. Does this include Verve and The Melting Pot? I have never been to The Melting Pot and it's been a long time since I was at Verve but either one might work. I should mention, however, that The Melting Pot gets decidedly mixed reviews. The main complaint seems to be one of value, i.e. what you get doesn't justify the price.
If you want to really make points with your future MIL, take her to The Pluckemin Inn, which isn't far from Bridgewater (5-10 minutes). It can be very expensive but I'm pretty sure she would like it.
I personally like The Tewksbury Inn in Oldwick but it's probably a 20-30 minute drive from the Bridgewater area. The food and service are always reliable but I do not particularly like what the new owners have done with the decor.
We've been to the Melting Pot and was not too impressed with the dinner, but would go for appetizers and dessert. Our server kept getting everything wrong, forgetting items and was so slow it was beyond pathetic. Even the owner of the place came over to apologize because of her and gave us a small discount because of all the mistakes. We ordered the "couples dinner" (one of the most expensive ones one the menu) and it had standard items, so how the server could mess up so bad was beyond me. I kid you not; but we were there for over 3.5 hours! Now, I don't mind leisurely dining when you have something to nibble on, but waiting an hour and a half between appetizers and getting our things for dinner, and then have to cook it, was absurd! (Sorry, if I wanted to cook my own dinner, I would have stayed home!)
As for Verve, IMO, simply not worth the price. I'm not cheap, but their quality does not justify the expense. Perhaps others have had a more positive experience?
I will have to check out your other suggestions. I do appreciate your taking the time to list so many.
I agree with Ambrose that if you've got the bucks to spare, you can't beat the Pluckemin Inn. I didn't recommend it because I didn't know if you wanted to refinance your house and hock the engagement ring to pay the bill. But if you do go there, and if your future mother-in-law doesn't kiss your butt on the way out the door, then do consider calling off the engagement because you'll be in for a lifetime of trouble! :-)))
Good luck with whatever you do.
It's odd that your request is so hard to fill. This *is* America, after all. :-)))
Still, when it comes to the cuisine you're seeking, I'd avoid Willie's Tavern further up 202 unless you're having burgers, in which case, go ahead. If you like some of the restaurants you've listed above ( I like some, while others . . .er . . . uh . . .) you might give either Gladstone Tavern a try . www.gladstonetavern.com
Or maybe the Tewksbury Inn. http://chefmoz.org/United_States/NJ/Oldwick/Tewksbury_Inn1102867606.html
Too, there's the Grain House in Basking Ridge.
None of them are stellar but all of them serve the good ol' stars and stripes cuisine you're looking for, and all are passable. Good luck and enjoy!