For the last year, I have been trying to eat better and healthier. I reduced the amounts, took most meats out of my menu and starting drinking more water. I'm not a fan of ice water....too cold. Warm only works for tea for me. But room temperature works great especially if I am really thirsty. All these things I have been doing at home. But I thought what if I went out to a restaurant? Would I get what I asked for? Perhaps or perhaps not.
One of my favorite restaurants has been Applebees. I worked at corporate years ago and remain fairly loyal. But the local restaurant has really tested that. We all have our likes and dislikes and will usually settle for something on the menu. This particular visit I wanted to try a dish without all the seasoning, creams, sauces, etc.....and have some water.
When I ordered room temperature water, the first thing I received was a glass of water with ice in it. I asked my waitress for another.....no ice...just right out of the tap. She came back with a glass of cold water.....the outside was sweating. I thought hmmmm....so I try one more time. She came back and said they didnt have any. So I got up and went to the bar and asked for a glasss of water. Again I received the same two glasses like the waitress gave me. I then sat back down and asked if I could have an empty glass and I would get the water myself. The manager shows up after that with no empty glass though. I told him what I wanted and he said yes he would get me some. I received a glass of cold water......sweating on the outside of the glass again. I then asked him why they didnt seem to understand what I was looking for. He just said they didnt have any and he could mix cold water and some hot water together. I gave up lol.
Last night I attempted to eat there again and ordered my room temperature water. I hoped in the year that had passed that this could be accomplished.....even if we had to mix the water again. To my amazement, the waitress brought it out.....it was perfect.
After that long of a time, I'm glad Applebees finally realized that people just want something normal and simple to drink. Way to go Applebees!!
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