Every dad should carry a straw snipper with him at all times, because straws are always too tall for little kids. Good luck going through the airport with it, though. [note: these little vasectomy promo scissors'd do the trick.]
Also, the hardest part of eating out with a kid is often the hungriest time, when you've just been seated, and you're waiting to order. That's when The Cheesecake Factory people bring out a baby plate: some banana slices and little pieces of bread. Brilliant.
Finally, the kid was wielding a giant dinner fork pretty well, considering, but she did best when she was choked up on it, holding it all the way down by the tines. Where are the stubby kid forks with ergonomic rubber grips, the forked equivalent of those scoop-shaped Tostitos?