I see this discussion has been banished. Well, before this post goes away, I thought I'd add some further information that I found on DCist: http://dcist.com/2011/11/elisir_leave...
When asked about this seemingly silly charge, the manager of the restaurant responded: "The city water in D.C. is notoriously bad and in deference to our guests' health we don't want to offer "Chateau Potomac". If people insist, we will of course oblige them with tap water, but we feel that bottomless sparkling or still bottled water for .29C is more than fair."
That puts a slightly different slant on it if the statement is as I interpret it, a bottomless bottle of still or sparkling water for twenty nine cents. That's a pretty good deal even if that "bottle" is a 10 gallon jug that they pour into a pitcher or carafe for the tabe or the service counter. I rarely eat in DC restaurants so I can't comment on the validity of the quality of DC water (I live in Falls Church, which takes pride in their water) but a bottle of snooty water in a restaurant like this costs upwards of ten bucks, and even a bottle of Dasani is a buck at 7-11.
But I still think it's silly to add the 28 cent charge to a $75 or $95 fixed price meal.
Signing off and soon to disappear into the either.
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