Sudbury, MA with the mother-in-law
We're taking my elderly (rather crabby) MIL out to eat next week (late lunch/supper) and I would love to get some suggestions for area restaurants to help reduce the stress for us.
The Wayside looks a bit more expensive than we'd like (we'll have our two kids with us, too) and it looks like there are good area Chinese restaurants, but she won't eat ethnic food, I'm sure. She'd do best with fairly traditional food. We could probably travel to the next town or so.
Sorry to make this such a narrow request. Unfortunately, it reflects our guest! :)
I most definitely feel your pain.
The foremost place that comes to mind would be the Wildwood Steakhouse in Marlboro.
It's still a bit of a blue-hair place but they have upgraded their menu in the past year. I've included their website in 'Link to a place".
BTW, they DO make a decent cocktail just in case & FWIW!
189 Boston Post Rd, Marlborough, MA 01752
Coach Grill, owned by the Back Bay Restaurant Group (Abe & Louies, Joe's, etc) on Rt 20 just before you hit Sudbury, should please your mother-in-law. Better check out their prices thoug on their website. Also, I think you will get more responses if you put this on the Boston Board.
Sudbury has a few OK restaurants but as you've noted - a lot of Chinese/Thai/Japanese, not so much traditional fare.
I think if the Wayside Inn looks expensive to you, the Coach Grill will not be an option, especially for dinner. I love CG but even I only go for brunch. I wouldn't rule out the Wayside Inn right off the bat.
Another option for very basic fare might be the Marlborough Country Club. Not what I would call chowish in the least, but it might fit your narrow parameters. Unfortunately the menu isn't on their website but I recall you get a fruit shrub, maybe a soup or salad, entree and a small dessert for a fairly reasonable price.
If I recall correctly, the Wayside prices include a couple courses making it more reasonable. They also had a 'Roast' menu which was reasonable. Drinks are cheap (it is a non-profit). It may be worth spending to keep her quiet.