I know there are old posts on this topic, but I couldn't find any that were very recent or helpful.
My mom and dad live in Palo Alto and I visit them pretty often. The problem is, they like good chow when they're led to it, but they don't seek it out themselves so they often end up settling on yucky places like Zao and even (gasp!) Bucca di Beppo. We went to Evvia once for a special occasion. I thought it was good but wasn't overwhelmingly impressed. Also Evvia isn't necessarily the best place for them because they don't eat lamb ("that's a baby!" my mom would say).
So I'm looking for recommendations at any price level for chow within a 15 minute drive of Stanford's campus. Sushi places need not apply (they aren't very adventurous).