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Single mom with three kids and lots of restrictions...what would you do?!

nooodles. | Apr 15, 200511:50 AM

My mom's friend's in town, and has graciously offered to take me to dinner. My thoughts:

-not too pricey, since they're from the suburbs in LA and the prices in SF have scared them so far.

-not too far from Union Square, where they'll be meeting me. That means right in the area or no more than a 10 minute bus ride.

-casual, but not bare bones decor. They don't get out much, and I'd like at the very least to take them somewhere cute.

-not too adventurous, since her kids grew up on frozen lasagna and pizza. I know, I know...but they're not my kids. If I had any say in the matter they'd be eating chicken tikka masala for dinner.

-no Tenderloin. I'd rather they not see that particular part of town, although that would have been the best bet for good cheap eats.

Bearing in mind that the kids are between 13-18, is there any way we could get a meal for five people under $60? I'm willing to go ethnic, just not East Asian. What would folks choose, given these choices (please suggest others as well!):

Cafe Divine--pasta set menu for $15.

Bocadillos--I don't know how many plates it takes to
get full there, but plates are $3-12.

The Ferry Building--The little French rotisserie place or Mijitas (but they don't want to dine outside)

Plouf--A bucket of mussels for each person, the younger kids might share?

Santorini--I haven't heard anything about the food or prices here.

If it were Tuesday I'd do the Town's End $13.50 prix fixe.

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