My parents are taking me and my boyfriend into the Mission district on Saturday night out for a celebratory dinner. I'm in charge of picking the place-- so I want to strike a balance between someplace nice, and someplace affordable. My parents are budgeting $20 a head for shared appetizers and an entree each (drinks not included.)
I want them to be able to experience somewhere nice, friendly and delicious-- I recently took them to Foreign Cinema, and they loved it. I think they want to be able to reciprocate a little, with a somewhat similar experience, but they can't afford to pay $19 for one persons entree and not be able to afford anything else for that person to enjoy.
Does anyone have recommendations? I don't want to go someplace as casual as Pizzeria Delfina, but Delfina would be too expensive. (If that gives you something of a barometer!)
No Indian, no Asian (too many allergy considerations.) Preferably not pizza or pub food!