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Jan 24, 2011 08:23 AM

81st birthday dinner

My Dad is about to turn 81 and has requested either Italian or steak. His usual suspects: Delfino's, Capital Grill, Oak Room, Legal's, Lo Conte's, Pomodoro. I threw Legal's in there because it is one of the places he frequents and to give you an idea of what pleases his palate. We would like to try something different while staying in the same spirit of what he enjoys. Also, convenient parking is a must. He has had one knee replaced and desperately needs the second one done so walking is difficult. Any thoughts.....? Oh, and it will be early dinner (5ish) on Sunday.

24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

Oak Room
138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Delfino Restaurant
754 South St, Roslindale, MA 02131

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  1. One option: Summer Shack. The access at Alewife is quite good--very few stairs, easy parking, flat, smooth parking lot (I have so been there with my mom). There is also a hanicapped elevator if you need it. And the standard fish dishes are great. If you call ahead, request a chair or a booth for you dad, so he isn't sitting with no back suuport on one of the benches.

    Summer Shack
    149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

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    1. re: cgj

      the fish is good, not great, but i really like the pain fried lobster.

      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        Are you sure you want to recommend lobster that's been fried in pain?

    2. Whenever someone says "convenient parking" my mind instantly goes to Gaslight in the South End with their free lot next door. He can get a very nice steak there if he's willing to consider French food. The steak frites is just great, with a nice bearnaise sauce on the side. That's what I hope to be eating when I'm 81.

      1. Mamma Maria is good and they valet.

        Mamma Maria Restaurant
        3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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        1. re: pemma

          Ooohhh.....I like this idea. I completely forgot about the valet!

        2. Davios might be a good choice- either in town (valet) or in the burbs.

          75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. How about Grill 23, Harvest, or Bistro du Midi?

            Grill 23 & Bar
            161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116