Hi. I'm looking for recommendations for LUNCH on the weekend (or possibly on Martin Luther King day, a Monday) in the area between Burlingame and San Mateo that has white tablecloth and the several forks, knives, and spoons type of atmosphere, BUT I don't want to spend a tremendous amount of money. For example, Viogner is probably too expensive for me.
My dad's caregiver has a 14 year old daughter, and for Christmas I'm planning to give her a gift card to Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo. BUT the real reason is that I want to take her out and give her a nice restaurant experience under the guise of a shopping trip.
BACKGROUND: The family immigrated from China about a year ago. Although considered well-to-do there, they gave it up to ensure her daugher has a better education. Her daughter wants to be a translator in the political field someday, and I feel that entails some entrenching in how things are done here. Right now, everything she does in her free time is still in Chinese: music, books, movies, food, etc. My taking her out to eat and shop in a less "diverse" area is one way of showing her that there is life outside of SF and that she needs to continue improving her English skills and do whatever she can to get out of all her ESL classes. If you have great ideas about this, you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't want to get too off-topic here! Thanks!