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Saturday Dinner Recommendation

meeps2002 Feb 3, 2014 01:05 PM

Back with another question for CH's

Saturday night dinner with the folks - but they might be the two least daring diners out there AND don't see value in the standard "city" priced entrees (ie. $20 and up)

Are there any unique recommendations out there with a fairly american fare menu. They are the chicken finger basket/burger/fish & Chips types... but I want to avoid a Joe's American or PICCO type spot. Looking to show them a more Boston neighborhood type spot in any of the Boston neighborhoods (would love to avoid the North End)

Dinner would be at 6, so I am assuming I can get into anywhere at this point.

  1. MABMAQ Feb 3, 2014 01:09 PM

    sunset grill on brighton avenue in allston -

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    1. re: MABMAQ
      meeps2002 Feb 3, 2014 01:13 PM

      Bit more a beer enthusiast spot, right?

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        MABMAQ Feb 3, 2014 01:15 PM

        yes, but i'm not a beer drinker and i think the food is very good and they have a wonderful american type selection from apps to full entrees.

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      LeoLioness Feb 3, 2014 01:11 PM


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        meeps2002 Feb 3, 2014 01:12 PM

        I have honestly never been to Silvertone - recommend the food?

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          teezeetoo Feb 3, 2014 01:21 PM

          Soul Fire barbecue in Allston.

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            LeoLioness Feb 3, 2014 02:00 PM

            Well, I just recommended it, so...

            It's not an exciting menu and I've never walked out of there and was like "wow, that was awesome" but it's cheap and decent and won't scare someone who routinely orders chicken fingers.

            You might have trouble getting a table without a wait on a Saturday night there though, even at 6.

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          mkfisher Feb 3, 2014 01:30 PM

          Silvertone's was my first thought. Coppa could work if they're willing to do the small plates thing. Parish Cafe is also another affordable option.

          Are you willing to head to Cambridge/Somerville? State Park and Highland Kitchen both offer a solid value.

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            Bob Dobalina Feb 3, 2014 07:28 PM

            If I took my parents to Silvertone, they would not dig the subterranean vibe. What about the Marliave? You have history on your side, same nabe. Agree with HK.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina
              LeoLioness Feb 4, 2014 07:19 AM

              It would probably help to know how old the parents in question are. Are they 50 or 85?

              My in-laws love HK, though we try to only go at 5 or after 9, because they don't love the crowds.

          2. C. Hamster Feb 3, 2014 01:33 PM

            Doyle's in JP?

            1. justbeingpolite Feb 3, 2014 01:57 PM

              Tavern at the End of the World?

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                jajjguy Feb 3, 2014 02:41 PM

                Frank's Steak House or S&S Deli, both in Cambridge
                Mt Vernon Restaurant in Charlestown (Somerville side)

                But actually I like Hamster's idea best: Doyle's in JP

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                  C. Hamster Feb 4, 2014 08:44 AM

                  Doyle's fits the bill for sure.

                  When you look up "neighborhood spot" in the dictionary, there is a picture of Doyles. It is certainly an interesting place to hang out, especially in the front room or near the mural.

                  It serves all of those foods and more. The food is not great but it's passable.

                  Pretty easy to get to plus free parking.

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                    teezeetoo Feb 4, 2014 10:24 AM

                    love the idea of Doyle's but the food is so pedestrian that we only stop in for a drink.

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                  pollystyrene Feb 3, 2014 08:22 PM

                  Maybe Park?

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                    nyc_to_ma Feb 4, 2014 09:02 AM

                    My father is like this - will only order steak or a burger - and he enjoyed Gaslight. It's not incredible, but it could be worse. They also have free parking!

                    My parents also LOVED Foundry on Elm and always request going there when they visit. It has mixed reviews on here, but I've never had a terrible experience.

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                      mwk Feb 4, 2014 09:19 AM

                      How about The Haven, in JP? It's a Scottish place so the food is not terribly strange (very good fish and chips), it's fun and very reasonably-priced.


                      Or maybe RF O'Sullivan's in Somerville? It's great if he loves hamburgers.


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                        mkfisher Feb 4, 2014 09:38 AM

                        If he likes fish & chips and chicken fingers, The Druid serves excellent versions of both.

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                          smtucker Feb 5, 2014 05:23 AM

                          That was my first thought too. Has a neighborhood vibe with really good food at lower-than-city prices. Last time they had a special of mulled wine that was perfect after braving the snow and ice to get to the door.

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                            teezeetoo Feb 5, 2014 07:21 AM

                            great call on the Druid. get to walk the neighborhood too if you want a taste of Cambridge. Take them to Christina's for ice cream after dinner.

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                              ebone Feb 12, 2014 06:53 AM

                              Good call on the Druid. I have been there for a similar get together.

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                            meeps2002 Feb 4, 2014 09:42 AM

                            All awesome rec's - thanks everyone. I should have added they are late 50's so not concerned with noise etc... more just the menu and price points.

                            I will take some time and look at the menus for the places below.

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                            1. re: meeps2002
                              justbeingpolite Feb 4, 2014 11:04 AM

                              Just to add to the list: JM Curley ?

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                              5thAndNowhere Feb 6, 2014 10:27 AM

                              Eastern Standard
                              Sweet Cheeks
                              Deep Ellum
                              JM Curley

                              Gaslight is also a great rec!

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                                valcfield Feb 6, 2014 01:07 PM

                                I agree with others about JM Curley as a great place for burger and other knock-out comfort food, but i would note: at least the last couple saturdays i've been, they were running a waitlist by 5:20.

                                6 can be less than ideal for many places because they may have just filled up, but still with a long ways to go before any of the first set of tables finishes their meal...

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                                  hyde Feb 6, 2014 02:01 PM

                                  This is EXTREMELY true outside of the city. A place like Fiorella's in Newton, or The Local, is besieged at this point and if you are not there when they open its best to eat late.

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                                  treb Feb 6, 2014 03:22 PM

                                  Highland Kitchen in Somerville, good chow, reasonably priced. Definitely a neighborhood place.

                                  1. digga Feb 6, 2014 07:47 PM

                                    Places that I've happily taken my parents recently (but mostly in the burbs):

                                    -Szechuan's Dumpling (Arlington)
                                    -Legal Harborside
                                    -Matt Murphy's (Brookline)
                                    -Chung Ki Wa (Medford)
                                    -PJ Ryan's (Somerville)

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                                      meeps2002 Feb 12, 2014 05:48 AM

                                      Thanks everyone - Ended up at Silvertone for a decent night out - albeit they order their burgers well-done - yikes

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