I was just remembering a terrible dinner experience. It was a 3-star restaurant (supposedly) where my parents and I were treated as though we didn't exist--our waiter took our order and just never came back. Strange because everyone at the table had ordered an app, a soup/salad, an entree...waiters usually pay attention to the ones who're spending alot of money. Anyways, our bus-boy ended up being our waiter, but there were still huge, torturous lulls between courses, our wine glasses stood empty. We're usually a chatty bunch, but we were stranded to the point where everyone at the table did nothing but look for our waiter. We ended up tipping the bus-boy in cash, forbidding him to tell our "waiter" that we'd tipped at all.
So here's my question: I think we can all relate to the feeling of knowing a dinner just isn't working. It's going down the path--water glasses are empty, maybe it took a long time to get the order taken, and then there's no wine, or the wrong appetizer, or a combination of the above. You can just feel that it's going to be bad. Have any of you ever, after eating a first course, just told the waiter you'd rather not continue with the meal? I'd love to hear stories. I certainly wish we'd been able to do so at the dinner I wrote about, but...I was reviewing the place and I figured, if this is how they want to treat me, let 'em.