I need some lunch or dinner recommendations with my mother-in-law. She is 97 years old living at an assisted living in Santa Monica. She is in remarkable health but having difficulty with hearing.
We like to take her out once a week or two weeks, but it is always a challenge to find quiet restaurants. Born and raised in Washington D.C., she likes Americanized Chinese, Italian, steak, crab cakes, McD, In-n-Out, and, of course, general American food. I once made an error by taking her to a dim sum in Chinatown (too noisy and too foreign) and Fig at Fairmont (too weird). A restaurant at Shutters, Pacific Dining Car and Wokcano (lunch only) are the successful ones so far, but they would be too expensive to keep up (Shutters, PDC) or too boring (Wokcano – bore me to tears...).
We'd like to stay close to Santa Monica and as far East as FWY 405. I appreciate any help on this challenging situation. Thank you!