Personally it bothers me when waitstaff upsells, especially with alcohol. There is a waterfront restaurant in the area where the servers always greet you by asking, "Can I start your meal with a cocktail or some wine?" It must run in my family because at brunch there one day my father responded, "My favorite cocktail is water"
While my dad doesn't really drink, I declined a cocktail or wine as well and opted for water. I probably would have ordered a soda or something though if the waitstaff had just asked what we wanted to drink. Does anyone else do this? I find I react the same way when waitstaff upsells appetizers. I just hate the idea of someone trying to "squeeze" as much money out of me as possible, on the assumption that I won't simply order something on my own accord...
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