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My mother-in-law is coming to town. She's hip, she's cool, likes just about any type of food, but is very picky.

Where should my wife and I take her? We'd like to stay away from the chains on 28th and at Rivertown, and I'd like to try somewhere besides the usual suspects downtown.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

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My mother-in-law is coming to town. She's hip, she's cool, likes just about any type of food, but is very picky.

Where should my wife and I take her? We'd like to stay away from the chains on 28th and at Rivertown, and I'd like to try somewhere besides the usual suspects downtown.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

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I've taken the *future* in-laws to Bombay, but they are the burger type, so it wasn't as good of an experience as I had hoped. However, mmmm Bombay! XO for some Thai is always good too, or Bistro Bella Vita if she's too hip for that. Heck, there's always BLOOM (see Restaurant Rumors thread - last page).

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I've taken the *future* in-laws to Bombay, but they are the burger type, so it wasn't as good of an experience as I had hoped. However, mmmm Bombay! XO for some Thai is always good too, or Bistro Bella Vita if she's too hip for that. Heck, there's always BLOOM (see Restaurant Rumors thread - last page).

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We like bloom. It will cost you about $50 for two people, appetizer, entree, and bottled water....

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Mangiamo is fun, and the food and service were good the times we've been there. Rose's is also good, but the deck is now closed and being expanded, so the wait is insanely long.

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My mother-in-law is coming to town. She's hip, she's cool, likes just about any type of food, but is very picky.

Where should my wife and I take her? We'd like to stay away from the chains on 28th and at Rivertown, and I'd like to try somewhere besides the usual suspects downtown.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

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I like Walker Roadhouse - where Remembrance Road splits off Leonard on the NW side of town and I like Honeycreek Inn that bigbob mentioned above, as long as you don't mind a bit of a drive.

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With a little planning, a downtown progressive dinner is always fun.

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Really depends on if "hip" means she wants hip atmosphere - or hip cuisine...

Hip and/or nice atmosphere? a few come to mind: Bar Divani, Bella Vita, Blue Water Grill, Reds On The River, Sierra Room before it closes, etc. Unfortunately, we've had less than great service at every one of these - and the food quality is not as consistent as it should be.

Hip food? A few that come to mind without pulling out my city guide: San Chez, Tre Cugini, Sierra Room, Zentin (I think that's the name in Ada), etc. It really depends on how formal versus casual you want.

The wife's and my cuisine favorite in town (and awards verify this): Best meal in town is at Noto's in Cascade. Arguably not as "hip" as downtown, but arguably the best chef in town. Downside: dinner for two with appetizer, decent wine and dessert is an easy 150-200 bucks if you eat like we do.

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Marco's Bistro on Forest Hills and Cascade by the 7-11 is a hidden gem. Other than that i would suggest Tre Cugini or Graydon's Crossings, or Red's on the River if you're up for Rockford, nice views of the river. If you want good service steer clear of any Gilmore establishment.

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She might enjoy a browse through Martha's Vineyard.

I did a carry-out on my way home last night...pre-made sandwich in the front case (called "Tuscan") and a lemon square from the goodie case. Will be doing that again!

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We took her to Bombay Cuisine. It was excellent, she was impressed. Then we went to Tre Cugini for desert, walked around downtown.

Thanks for the suggetions!

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midude - I noticed your avatar. Are you Danish?

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midude - I noticed your avatar. Are you Danish?

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Born in U.S. Strong Danish roots.

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It's nothing special, but the all-you-can-eat Whitefish at the Grand Villa in Grandville (or their Dungeon Burgers) - Love it! :thumbsup:

What Mother-in-law wouldn't want all you can eat fish?

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SHE WILL LOVE BISTRO BELLA VITA! GIVE IT ASHOT.

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Read Post #14. She already came. :rolleyes:

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