OK so an old friend is coming to town for a few days, lives in MN, and wants to meet up at dinnertime. Off the cuff I suggested the Helmand, Indian food in Cambridge, the North End, Cambridge St for Portuguese, and Chinatown.
This just came back:
"I'm not terribly courageous so Afghani and Indian is probably out. (A mutual friend) calls me boring Midwestern, which is probably true. Italian is always good, but I do like Khan's Mongolian Barbeque."
Any suggestions for a way to introduce my friend to some new or local tastes without freaking him out? I was from there once and had similar issues but those dissolved pretty fast once I found ready access to all this new food, and people to eat it with...
And yeah, I know about Fire & Ice.
If this weren't a very, very old friend, I'd accommodate whatever was "easy" as a proper host should, but am I out of line to hope to introduce him to some new things? Barring that, which of the Proper American Restaurants goes beyond steak, burger and fries? I mean, the main thing is, most of the places he's already rejected use the same ingredients and many of the same flavors he already knows. But there's no convincing way to say that if he won't go through the door.
We'll probably eat at Uncle Pete's for one of the meals.
I told him I'd bring some appetizers of pickled pig's feet and jellied liver. He was not amused.
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