My semi-in-laws arrived yesterday afternoon for an unexpected visit (this is on top of our expected guests who arrived last night). They're good people, but not terribly adventurous when it comes to food. I feel bad because we drug them to a sushi place last night (already had reservations 'cause of the expected guests) - they ate teriyaki and tempura and actually tried some of the fusion rolls. I was really pretty impressed. And they said that they liked everything. (They weren't too interested in any of the "raw" dishes and we didn't push the topic, of course, but I was really happy to see them trying the cooked rolls.)
Today everyone's in Hollywood being tourists and they're supposed to be grabbing slices at Vito's (they're under strict instructions to bring me back two slices!). But I've no idea what we're going to do about dinner. Here's the constraints:
- Stay near Pasadena (would go to Eagle Rock or Monrovia, but probably no further)
- No "funny" utensils or "exotic" foods
- No Chains (whenever we visit them we end-up at Applebee's or Chili's and there's just too much good food 'round here to resort to a chain, I think)
- Reasonably affordable (entrees between $15-20)
- Not too fussy service (we took them to The Raymond, once, and they said service and food was too fussy for them)
- Would like to stay away from Old Town, if possible (though if there's a gem we'll gladly go there)
- Would like "safe" food for the in-laws, but also tasty and fresh options for our other guests (we were actually going to take the latter for Vietnamese tonight, but that's been canceled)
- Would like to avoid red-sauce Italian (nothing against those restaurants, as we eat there often, just think it's too basic for our other guests)
I'm thinking seafood (Cameron's or McCormick though I've never been to either) - one of the Smith Brother's restaurants (which one would you recommend?) - maybe Central Park Cafe (do they take reservations and do they have a dress-code - I don't know if my semi-FIL brought anything other than shorts)? Nano Cafe? Ideas?
Many, many thanks!