OK, my birthday is coming up, and my daughters want to take me out for a meal and a movie on Saturday (my birthday is actually the week after, but since I have one daughter who is coming up from New Haven, a Saturday celebration is perfect).
I desperately need suggestions - these are the criteria:
1. Need vegan and regular (me) food on the menu..
2. Parking nearby
3. Hopefully a cinema nearby, too.
and last, but not least important:
4. Not too expensive
For price, I'd say up to about $17 a person is reasonable, less would be much better - I really like the idea that I can get the vermicelli bowl in Pho Pasteur (Chinatown location) for around $8, so use that as a basis - plus, while the atmosphere isn't special, it's still nice. My daughter mentions since PP is so reasonable, we could also order appetizers (and have some to take home - mmm)... there is parking at a nearby garage, I'm told, but I don't know how much that will cost - kids are telling me it doesn't matter, but neither of them are swimming in dough.
Exclude Mexican or Italian - I've had too much Mexican lately, and I'm half Sicilian, so I cook Italian at home all the time.
We originally thought of Elephant Walk in Cambridge, but it's gotten mixed reviews here.
Much has been written about Allston as a great chow destination these days - one of my daughters knows where to park around there, so that's a possibility.
Also thought of the other Pho Pasteurs, but I don't know how they compare.
Also - since it's the day (or evening) before Easter, do you guys think we'll need reservations?
Going out for the day - will appreciate any & all suggestions, of course. I'm depending on my chowhound family to steer me in the right direction - and, of course, will report back about our experience after our Easter Waffle-brunch (a new tradition in my home, designed my oldest daughter to force me to go easy on the work, lol).
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
Pho Pasteur Restaurant
682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111