Sometimes people email me for restaurant recommendations. I always answer! Here's one from loyal friend of Slog Elissa.

Hi Bethany!

Sorry to be one of these people, but I've used the internet as much as possible and I'm frustrated! I am humbly asking for your assistance as a long-term Stranger & Slog reader.

My fiance's parents and my parents are meeting for the first time (along with his 12 yr old sister and my 9 yr old nephew), and we'd like to take them all out to dinner. I would like a place along the lines of Maple Leaf Grill, Stumbling Goat, Cafe Flora (but with meat) (but not all meat), Pair, etc. Small, neighborhood-y American or New American but not as pricey as Tilth, and ok with (very well-behaved) kids being there. A place where the adults can have a conversation. His family is from Wisconsin and mine is from Texas, so they'd be scared of anything super awesome, like Ethiopian, Thai, etc. Here's the problem: Monday night. It HAS to be on a Monday night.

Can you think of any place that fits these criteria??...

So far, Hi-Life in Ballard is in the lead, even though it's not as intimate as I was hoping for, or maybe Endolyne Joe's, even though it may be on the loud side. A place like Delancey would be perfect if it weren't just pizza. I was also thinking Wild Mountain Cafe, but it seems to be more known for breakfast and I can't find a dinner menu online.

Any help you could give would be much appreciated!


No problem! Dinette or Tilikum Place Cafe should be great—I haven't been to either in a while, but they get high marks from lots of friends for exactly what you're describing. I believe both are open Mondays, but do call ahead/make a reservation anyway. Have fun future-in-lawing, and let me know how it is!


You are a gem, thank you!