Where to Eat When Your Folks are Footing the Bill

. September 1, 2016.

The college diet: fried food, pizza binges and plenty of beer. It’s not exactly fine dining. But every once in awhile, something magical happens — parents (or your roommate’s mom) come into town and offer to take you out to dinner.

This isn’t the time to be proud. If you get the chance to eat a real meal, complete with something exotic (like vegetables), take it. Here’s where to go when your parents are picking up the tab.

Gandy Dancer
This train station turned restaurant has valet service out front
— that’s how you know a spot is classy.

Priciest menu item: Alaskan King Crab Legs
1 1/2 lbs, Portuguese rice, Asparagus: $58

Mani Osteria
For Italian food like mom makes it, and pizza that doesn’t come
with a side of cheesy bread.

Priciest menu item: Lamb Chops Scottadito
Salt roasted sunchokes, lemon, mint, arugula: $28

Black Pearl
Seafood and martini’s that make you feel like the classiest
pirate in town.

Priciest menu item: Coffee Rubbed Filet
Filet Mignon, coffee, butter poached broccoli, sweet potato risotto, grapefruit buerre rouge: $34

Ruth’s Chris
If you want to eat a wallet-breaking steak in an empty restaurant.

Priciest menu item: Tomahawk Ribeye
USDA Prime bone-in 40oz ribeye, well-marbled: $115


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