as per another recent thread:
I'd never encountered the expectation of lemon slices in restaurant ice water until living in the Midwest. I never saw it in Texas(where I'm from) and I still have yet to see it practiced on either coast. I've read waiter blogs that imply it's a Southern Black thing. But, I've also noticed that Midwesterners(regardless of race) of a certain age(the s/o's 80+ grandmother, for example) expect lemon with their water and always request it. Me, I can take it or leave it; years back I was somewhat amused and confused by this regional abberration, now I just go with the flow. Lemon's fine in ice water, but I certainly don't *need* it(or demand it). And, of course, there's the idea that slicing up lemons for water is a loss for the restaurant. Any thoughts?