I love my parents but eating out with them is always a ridiculously bad experience.
They have bad food karma, there is no other way to explain it. No matter where we go, they seem to be cursed with getting the worst meals and the rottenest service. I have seen it happen time and time again.
I will take them to some place I have found acceptable in the past - usually not terribly adventurous chowish places, but good places nevertheless - and I watch stunned as a train wreck happens.
Servers mysteriously disappear for long periods of time, the table is set with dishes and silverware with food baked on by the dish machine, the wrong food is served, meals are cold or inedible.
Yesterday I took them to a nice hotel restaurant and my mom was first served ice cold coffee, then brought a replacement cup that was cracked all the way through and leaked all over the saucer...I mean, what gives?
Do you know anyone who has this bad food karma? Is there a cure?