Sometimes people email me for restaurant recommendations. I always answer! Here's one from loyal friend of Slog Elissa.
Sorry to be one of these people, but I've used the internet as much as possible and I'm frustrated! I am humbly asking for your assistance as a long-term Stranger & Slog reader.
My fiance's parents and my parents are meeting for the first time (along with his 12 yr old sister and my 9 yr old nephew), and we'd like to take them all out to dinner. I would like a place along the lines of Maple Leaf Grill, Stumbling Goat, Cafe Flora (but with meat) (but not all meat), Pair, etc. Small, neighborhood-y American or New American but not as pricey as Tilth, and ok with (very well-behaved) kids being there. A place where the adults can have a conversation. His family is from Wisconsin and mine is from Texas, so they'd be scared of anything super awesome, like Ethiopian, Thai, etc. Here's the problem: Monday night. It HAS to be on a Monday night.
Can you think of any place that fits these criteria??...
So far, Hi-Life in Ballard is in the lead, even though it's not as intimate as I was hoping for, or maybe Endolyne Joe's, even though it may be on the loud side. A place like Delancey would be perfect if it weren't just pizza. I was also thinking Wild Mountain Cafe, but it seems to be more known for breakfast and I can't find a dinner menu online.
Any help you could give would be much appreciated!
No problem! Dinette or Tilikum Place Cafe should be great—I haven't been to either in a while, but they get high marks from lots of friends for exactly what you're describing. I believe both are open Mondays, but do call ahead/make a reservation anyway. Have fun future-in-lawing, and let me know how it is!