HERE ARE A FEW OF THE VENUES WE’VE TRIED:
Bertucci’s: Plus Side: 3-star Italian food; reasonable prices; seats groups up to 14 comfortably; and accommodates separate checks. Minus Side: High noise level; there may be a wait.
Wethervane Seafood Restaurant: Plus Side: Most welcoming staff; free function room that seats up to 60; no problem getting in; not only seafood on menu; reasonable prices; and accommodates separate checks. Minus Side: 2-star taste.
T-Bones Great American Eatery: Plus Side: 3.5 star food; welcoming staff; seats up to 16; huge menu; reasonable prices; and accommodates separate checks–and adds tip. Minus Side: Always busy; takes “call-aheads” but no reservations; cramped; no function room.
Denny’s Plus Side: Quick turnover; seats up to 16 at two tables; private room available; reasonable prices; good breakfasts; and accommodates separate checks. Minus Side: 2-star taste.
IHOP: Plus Side: Pleasant staff; seats up to 10 at a single table; private function area can be reserved; reasonable prices; variety; and accommodates separate checks (with some difficulty). Minus Side: Pancakes are good, but the rest of the menu is 2-star.
Lui Lui: Plus Side: 3.5 star food; pleasant staff; good variety; larger group needs multiple tables; and accommodates separate checks. Minus Side: A bit cramped. No elevator for lower level private room.
Pancake Breakfasts & Community Fundraisers: Plus Side: Low prices for complete homemade meals; money goes to good cause; people grateful; usually room for a large group. Minus Side: Self-service, never too sure of menu; ambiance limited.