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Craft Cocktail Overload

Citron58 | Feb 23, 201202:59 PM

Is anyone else annoyed with the intense emphasis on craft cocktails at some L.A. restaurants?

I like a good drink as much as the next guy, but sometimes I just want a regular martini that's made with a vodka or gin that I've heard of. Lately, we've been two to relatively new restaurants that made a big deal of their drink menus. In both instances, the waitresses seemed exasperated when we went off menu and asked for more traditional cocktails. I respect mixology, but why can't they cater to both camps?

In one instance, I felt like we were being punished for being too predictable. The martinis came in a glass that was just slightly bigger than a thimble. By the time it arrived we were halfway through the meal. Another time I was told that customers were not allowed to ask for call brands. The mixologist had to determine which vodka went best with which cocktail.

I'm not naming the restaurants because both had very good food and it seems unfair to punish the chefs for something they may not control. Maybe it's all just a phase. I miss my martinis.

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