well, our sf trips are normally foodie trips, meaning anything goes, except for this one. love them to pieces, and sure would not want to bring them somewhere knowing they'd eat but not enjoy. i can understand for some people it is hard to change preferences and tastes in your mid 70s, especially if you have not been too adventurous all your life...
on the positive side, they'll eat anything chinese, and thankfully the regional differences should make for some exciting variety. i'd really appreciate your input for different regional cuisine favorites in and around sf. authenticity will definitely score more points over nouveau improvisation. or to use a japanese metaphor, they will prefer the traditional sushi tastes to someone like nobu or any fusion influences. they have no problems with pigs' ears or big gelatinous fish eye balls. thank God! doesn't have to be glitzy, but clean (aka 'at least a 'b' rating from the health dept would be good').
i know koi palace will be on the list.
we *might* be able to convince them to try some non-chinese but asian cuisines thatare similar. thai and vietnamese is possible, indian and japanese definitely out.
thanks for your help.