It's my mother-in-law's 84th birthday soon, she's not well, and she'd like dinner in a quiet, old-fashioned French restaurant in the Boston area.
By "French," she means the food Julia Child made in her heyday, or "traditional" French dishes served in the1950s to '80s at places like Maison Robert. To her, anything else is not authentic. (For the record, she had Julia and Paul to dinner at her house after hearing that people were too intimidated to invite them. She'd taught herself to cook from Julia's books.)
It also needs to be a quiet place; we can eat very early.... She has been to Petit Robert, Sandrine's (Alsatian, big mistake), Brasserie Jo (also Alsatian but more to her taste), La Voile, and Pierrot, among others, and she wasn't too happy with any of them. I hope there's some retro jewel out there that I'm missing, that will be quiet if we go early in the evening. Thanks!