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Apr 28, 2010 10:07 AM

Parentals in Town - Need Help

We have parental types in town for the weekend and need suggestions to where to take them. As these restrictions/ their needs is not typical of what we like to eat/places we go to, I'm at a complete loss of where to take them.

Must be some sort of American or Italian-American (no Cal-Med, Delfina, Perbacco type places)
Must not be too old or musty in decor (I had brought up Sam's Grill and was shut down b/c they would think it looks *too old*)
Must not be in a *colorful* part of town (ie no Tenderloin or grittier parts of Mission)
Must not be more than mid 20s per entree. In the teens would be preferable as they are uncomfortable with us spending money on them.
Must not be trendy or a place where most of the clientele is in their 20, 30, 40s
Must be in SF

Really appreciate any help I can get on this...

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  1. Fog City Diner? Parental types like it and are impressed by it, and the food is still pretty tasty.

    Fog City Diner
    1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: JasmineG

      +1 Fog City Diner. Should be just normal enough.

      Also, I feel your pain. My parents are extraordinarily adventerous now, but 20 years ago they wouldn't eat a burrito.

      Fog City Diner
      1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

    2. Bacco in Noe Valley. My parents like it especially because there's a prix-fixe menu Sunday through Thursday so it's not too expensive. I don't think they've kept up with the cost of living in SF even though they have lived here since the 60s and they are always shocked at the final bill. You may want to call and verify that they still have the prix-fixe (approx. $35 for 3 courses if I recall correctly).

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      1. re: Mari

        One other place my parents like is Chow near Golden Gate Park.

        1. re: Mari

          both good ideas. we've taken grandparents to bacco for similar reasons.

      2. Oh... btw, we have fri night, sat day, sat night, and sun day's eating to fill up.

        1. Beach Chalet (has parking, view of the ocean) Outer Sunset District

          Q Restaurant (comfort food, funky decor) Inner Richmond District

          Bar Jules (New American food, fresh ingredients) Hayes Valley

          5 Replies
          1. re: SMI55

            Beach Chalet could be a good option...

            1. re: vliang

              If you don't want bad food, don't go to Beach Chalet.

              1. re: JasmineG

                Or if you don't want bad service, don't go to Beach Chalet.

                1. re: 512window

                  Ironically, I've heard Park Chalet is actually okay from a reliable friend...but I haven't verified. Might be too casual or better for lunch/brunch. I've never had anything worth remembering at Beach Chalet and I've been more then I care to remember.

                  1. re: ML8000

                    The Park Chalet seems like a fun place to go during the daylight, especially if you want to sit outside with your dog. Inside, on my single visit, there was a terrible band playing (and selling their CDs) and a lot of youngish people -- so I don't think that would work in this case. The food was somewhat better than the Beach Chalet's.

          2. Il Borgo?

            Il Borgo
            500 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102