Baffled by the in laws this weekend
The in laws have spontaneously decided to invade this weekend. Brother, Sister (vegetarian) and nephew in tow. Wouldn't describe nephew as one of those "well behaved kids" I often hear of. The parents love La Campania in Waltham.
We need a dinner plan for Saturday, anytime. I am considering (and they still have availability):
Hungry Mother, Oleana, Craige do not have availability, but I may still call just to be sure. However, I question their kid friendliness, esp this kid.
Bottom line: great food, (new england, mediterranean, italian all great). The beforehand mentioned "kid friendliness" and patio huge plus (for dear mother). Any location, price no issue.
What am I missing? Thank you!
Eeeek! How old is this kid?!?!
I wouldn't bring a poorly behaved kid to Helmand. Haven't been to the other places so I'm not sure. While Mediterranean/Greek, Greek Corner seems to be kid-friendy but much more low-key than the places you've mentioned. Although kind of hated on Chowhound, Legal Seafood is kid friendly, and some of the locations have outdoor seating...
Helmand has many great vegetarian options, and would probably be fine for a kid. No patio, though. Harvest also is good for vegetarians and has a patio, but might be a bit less kid-friendly (although on the patio you'd probably be okay).
I wouldn't think Craigie or Hungry Mother would really work well with a kid, especially on a Saturday night, although I guess it depends on the age. Both are rather tightly packed without a lot of room to maneuver; Craigie in particular doesn't really have a kid-friendly menu or atmosphere, unless perhaps you go really early.
Another place that might fit your criteria that doesn't get talked about much is Sabur, in Teele Sq. It is Mediterranean/Greek/Balkans-inspired food, would certainly be kid-friendly, and has a nice little patio. The mousaka and the slow-roasted lamb are both quite good, as are many of the appetizers (esp. the zucchini and feta fritters). The only bad thing I've had there was the polenta, which was rather bland.
although i'm sure they would accomodate a kid, i don't think of craigie or oleana as kid-friendly. on your list, the harvest has a great outside patio and the legal's at the charles does too.
what about casablanca or blue room?
I would stay away from places where there is risk of you being the loudest table. I would also stay away from places that are too cramped. I would say a big no to Harvest. Henrietta's Table might work. Oleana....no. Eastern Standard would be a good choice, Maggianos, Legals or Summer Shack would work. Joes on the waterfront has a nice outdoor area and is kid-friendly. We have taken well-behaved children to the Blue Room early in the evening with success.