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Oct 15, 2010 04:34 AM

Visitor Recs - with conditions

Hi everyone

Well we're headed to Boston in 3 days' time and really excited about visiting the city.

Hubby and I love good chow and are quite adventurous. Problem we have is that mother in law is not a foodie and doesn't agree with paying good money for good food. She will often just have an appetizer because she thinks eating out is a waste of money :(

She is also a very plain eater - no spice, no pizza, no steak. Enjoys lasagne, pasta (carbonara style), salads, sandwiches and would probably like traditional american fayre such as meatloaf, chicken pot pie etc. I also think she'd like diners.

Any suggestions? I'm thinking for our North End meal we'll try Panza. Stuck for anything else really.

Any help appreciated!

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  1. Would your mother-in-law eat roast chicken? If so, perhaps you could go to Hammersley's Bistro in the South End for some nicely done American fare. Check out the menu on their website. There are a range of choices that you and your husband might enjoy and given the examples of what your mother-in-law does eat, I would expect that the treatment of the roast chicken is within her comfort zone.

    1. I think you are on the right track. Italian in the North End and American in the South End.

      I would like to hear the explanation of someone who likes lasagna but not pizza. Texture perhaps? They are made of the same ingredients for the most part.

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      1. re: Kinopio

        Da Vinci might be upscale enough for you and homey enough for Mom and the same with the menu at Eastern Standard Kitchen. Or for lunch maybe Cafeteria on newbury where she can make her own choices among many or tapas at Taberno de Haro where she can just eat great apps.

        Eastern Standard
        528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

        1. re: teezeetoo

          I'll second Eastern Standard - I took my visiting sister and her utterly white-bread-tastes husband there, and he enjoyed the roast chicken (he gave away the asparagus that came with it) while we chowed down on offal, steak tartare, and their wonderful mixed salumi appetizer plate. They also make a very good burger. Plus, they serve excellent cocktails!

          Your mother-in-law will still probably complain about the cost (it's not what I'd call expensive, but it's not diner-cheap either). But hey, at some point you just have to stop listening to her. And at least she won't go hungry.

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      2. We had good luck in a somewhat similar situation at Dante, if you're looking for something just over the border in Cambridge. The views of the river and Boston skyline are nice for visitors, the food is good (although I would not claim it's the very best to be found) and there's something for everyone. There's very cheap parking at the Cambridgeside Galleria a block away, which can be very helpful depending on weather and your guests ability to get around easily.

        1. My reply may be too late for you but...maybe if there is a deal running she'll be more up for it. Dante mentioned above is a good suggestion, and they have "Two Dollar Tuesday" specials that might be appealing.