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Mecca - not so bad & an etiquette question | May 5, 200309:00 PM

We seem to average going to Mecca about once per year over the past 4 years. Went on Friday night with a friend from LA (I think subconsciously we were trying to make him feel at home!). I honestly don't know why we don't go more often. It is a little pricey, yes...that would probably be the main reason. Also, I am not usually feeling "slick" if you understand what I mean. But every time I've gone I've been pleased with my food and the ambiance, esp. when we get to sit in one of the nice booths. They were spinning a real nice mix of stuff that evening too. The only weak part of the evening was the drinks (pardon the pun). First round - 2 mojitos and 2 mint juleps (in honor of Kentucky Derby weekend). Mine was basically sugar water and the mojito drinkers complained of a lack of rum. My husband ordered a second mint julep and asked to have twice as much bourbon in his drink. The server clarified, "Oh, you want a double?" But twice as much would have been a regular drink. Then my Jack and Coke was weak. Finally, our LA friend ordered red wine and asked for a suggestion from the server. The server made a suggestion and our friend had 2 glasses. When we got the bill it turned out each glass was $14! Now, I'm not a regular wine drinker so I don't know how that goes, but shouldn't the server give you some indication of price if it's going to be a pricier wine? What's the rule on that, cause I don't know. Everyone enjoyed their food though and we had a good time despite the weak drinks. We just went to our home bar and drank for free later... Oh, and just to clarify, this is the first time I've noticed a big problem with the cocktails, so maybe it's a new thing.

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