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Not ordering wine at the top-tier restaurants -- faux pas?

Silent Bob | Dec 24, 200210:02 AM     12

Hi. I'm visiting from DC and have a reservation at La Folie in a few days. Based on the reviews I've read on this board, it certainly seems like I'll have a meal to enjoy and remember.

That said, I'm concerned about not ordering a bottle of wine -- which seems to be the norm when people eat at these types of places -- since my dining companion is Muslim and cannot drink. I'm may not even want to drink at all since my friend will not.

Does anyone have experience with situations where no one at the table ordered wine with dinner? If so, has this affected how you were treated afterwards or the quality of food received? If the sommelier approaches, what should I say? I may want to order a glass strictly out of guilt, but even then, is that bad etiquette?

One would hope that restaurants are professional in situations like this, but as a practical matter I need to recognize that they're incurring a loss when customers choose not to order wine -- a fact that probably won't please them when I go.

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