lunch in newton, not asian
I am having lunch with my 87 year-old mother-in-law. Where can we go?
Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Center is a fun, 50's style place. Cabots on Washington Street also.
Farm Grill (Greek food, kabobs, salads, etc) on Needham Street is my favorite for lunch, but it is counter service. Otherwise, an unbelievably clean and delicious place.
I've never been, but hear good things about Fiorella's on North Street.
In the Needham St. Area there is also Skipjacks (seafood) and O'Haras (pub)
In Newton Centre you might want to try Appetito (Italian-ish).
In Waban there is Kouzina (greek).
In West Newton I'd recommend Paddy's (pub)
For something fancier, try Aquitaine Bis on Rt 9, Chestnut Hill. Next to the (former) Star Market. Good food and very relaxed at lunch.
11 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
I know it's a chain but my 86 year-old mom loves Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill. Food and service are consistently good. If you go that route, I recommend you ask to be seated in the back so she can hear your conversation.
I wouldn't recommend Johnny's for an 87 year old MIL. It's too loud and the service is unreliable.
I second (third?) Kouzina for a lovely, civilized lunch or Ariadne, even though it's not what it once was. Also the West Street Tavern, where the West Street Grill was is now a little less pub-like and a nice place for lunch.