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Dinner with a very old person

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jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 09:25 AM

Dinner tonight with my 91-year-old mother-in-law. She walks slowly, with a walker, and doesn't hear too well. She likes old-fashioned, unadventurous food (though she's willing to do unthreatening ethnic), good service, and value. Any suggestions in the Dedham-Needham-Norwood area? Thanks.

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    Guinness02122 RE: jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    Wow, good for her! What about Aquitaine at Legacy place?

    http://www.aquitainededham.com/menus.php

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      Isolda RE: jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 11:10 AM

      If she's hard of hearing, you want to avoid noisy places. For a quiet, non-threatening, wimpy pan-Asian, try Rice Barn in Needham. Central Cafe in the old Fava location in Needham is also supposed to be good (their menu is likely to please her), but I can't vouch for it myself as I have not tried it. And there's always Petit Robert, but that can get noisy unless you go early.

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      Rice Barn
      1037 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

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        mrgrunko RE: jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 11:13 AM

        Jimmy's in Arlington Heights (ArLex) is a favorite place for many. No surprises.

        1. SOBoston RE: jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 11:14 AM

          While I don't know the nightlife very well, the Corrib in west roxbury is my grandmother's default. Joe's in dedham is an option if you go earlier and Conrads in norwood.

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            sulo RE: jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 12:41 PM

            Try the 204 Washington in Norwood......

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            204 Washington
            204 Washington St, East Walpole, MA 02032

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              winedude RE: jjdorn Nov 4, 2011 02:00 PM

              Rice Barn is a good suggestion, and the food is very good, but it's high-end Thai food, and she may freak out.

              We like Bon Caldo in Norwood for our aged relatives. Very good Northern Italian food, pretty quiet, very good service.

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              Rice Barn
              1037 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

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                Bellachefa RE: winedude Nov 5, 2011 09:49 AM

                I agree with Bon Caldo. Nice atmosphere, good food. Love the gnocchi, parms, and canelloni, nice bread.

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                chowfamily RE: jjdorn Nov 5, 2011 07:46 AM

                Chiara Bistro in Westwood is very good and serves a lot of elderly people from the nearby retirement community. The food and service are quite good. That and Joe's American Bar and Grill were our go-to spots with my mother-in-law who used a walker and later a wheelchair.

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                Chiara Bistro
                569 High Street, Westwood, MA 02090

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                  edgewater RE: chowfamily Nov 5, 2011 08:45 AM

                  I didn't even think about Chiara but that is an excellent suggestion.

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                    chowfamily RE: edgewater Nov 6, 2011 07:20 AM

                    Chiara is a good solution. We enjoyed it thoroughly, although she often insisted on Joe's.

                2. libertywharf RE: jjdorn Nov 5, 2011 11:32 AM

                  Sorry I am late on this. 204 Washington street was a great suggestion, especially for prime rib and reasonable prices

                  Olivadi's near the post office is another great place in the area.

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                  204 Washington
                  204 Washington St, East Walpole, MA 02032

                  Olivadi Restaurant
                  32 Guild Street, Norwood, MA 02062

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