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Mar 24, 2010 12:36 PM

Any senior citizen-friendly but good restaurants in St. Paul?

I'm thinking about taking my 81-year-old mother out for Easter dinner. She's not a foodie, but I am. I need a place that's quiet enough for conversation, with good service and good food. It doesn't need to be haute cuisine, it just needs to be well prepared. And, if it's too expensive, it'll be a waste. Any ideas?

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  1. Is the Lexington too expensive? I generally like the food there, and from what I can tell by looking at the people, it's pretty popular with the AARP set.

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    1. re: LiaM

      on my one visit to the lex. . . the most memorable comment on the food, from my kid bro, was "very. . . chewable." so yes i think the lex is a very good rec for elderly folks. my bro and i, in our 20's at the time, were by a long shot the youngest people there (the second youngest folks were our parents, who were in their late 50's at the time). i won't be returning to the lex any time soon (can't remember what i ate, but it was a brunchy meal), but i remember the dark bar being ravishingly beautiful and the service being attentive and sweet.

      meritage or w.a. frost might also be nice for a multigenerational gathering-- i would not hesitate to take dh's grandma to either place--but again i don't know what "too expensive" really means. check out menus online?

      1. re: soupkitten

        My only concern about Meritage is the sound level. It's always been fairly loud when I've eaten there. If I'm wrong in my recollection, I'd add it to my list as well.

        410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    2. In addition to the Lexington, I also thought of Muffuletta in the Park and W.A. Frost, each of which are probably at about the same price point as the Lexington. (All 3 have open reservations right now on Open Table, btw). If the price is a little high, I also thought of the St. Clair Broiler. If Mom is a little more adventurous, I'd suggest Ngon Bistro.

      Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
      799 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      W.A. Frost & Co
      374 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

      Lexington Restaurant
      1096 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

      Muffuletta In the Park
      2260 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108

      St Clair Broiler
      1580 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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      1. re: bob s

        I would second Muffuletta-- good food for all, good atmosphere for seniors....

      2. Highland Cafe. My husband & I walked in there one Saturday night & were the only two under 70, but the food was FANTASTIC. I think it replaced the old Perkins for those in the neighborhood, but everything is made from scratch & super tasty.

        1. I took my mom to a Mother's Day Brunch at Fabulous Fern's a few years back. The food was very good, and the noise level was not too bad.

          1. We've taken my grandmother to 128 Cafe on Cleveland before. We had a great time and it was very quiet. I do not know what it is like on a major dining holiday though.

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            1. re: dc1515

              Thanks, everyone! I thought of the Lex, but my husband and I go there all the time. So I decided to bite the bullet and just make Sunday dinner after all. But I'll save your suggestions for the next opportunity :)