Well, it's that time of year when my DH and I take his mother out for a holiday dinner. It usually is left to me where to dine, (because if left to her, we'd be eating at a Lone Star or New Orleans Family Restaurant type place). For the past 3 or 4 years, we've taken her to McCormick & Schmick's in the Bridgewater Commons (but that's getting old now). So, I'm hoping to find a nice place that isn't too "fancy schamncy" (although that is what I 'd prefer, this is her dinner, not mine).
I am looking for recommendations that are NOT Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Deli, Thai, Sushi or geared to a "young" crowd (i.e., retro-modern). I think you get the idea--something American or maybe even European Continental. I'm fairly familiar with the restaurants in Somerville,, but am drawing a blank (I've already been told "no" to my suggestions of Main Street Bistro, Melting Pot, Shumi, Verve and Gabriela's). We are willing to travel about 10-12 miles, so it doesn't have to be exactly in Somerville or Bridgewater. Perhaps a nice Inn style restaurant?