One of my bigger pet peeves, probably second to people who cheat at Words with Friends, is soda prices at restaurants. The first time I remember losing my mind over soda was in Bayside about a decade ago. After watching a football game or two and preparing to pay my bill I realized I was not getting free refills, and ended up purchasing about $100 worth of coke (probably two cans worth after ice is figured in). Since then I try to boycott any establishment that does not provide free refills (unless the price is amazingly low). The other thing that will lead to a boycott is just generally excessive pricing.
Sooooooo, at work on Friday I ventured out for lunch with my co-workers to The Retreat in Liverpool (Liverpool is a bit North in Syracuse). Although the lunch was fine, the reason I am writing the post, in case you could not guess, is due to the price of their soda.
Note: I had a chicken fajita wrap, which in of itself is pretty odd because I have never had a fajita in my life. I guess I still haven’t, but the wrap version was pretty good. The ingredients didn’t quite align with how I picture fajitas, but it was good regardless.
Second Note: Speaking of wraps, I also feel the need to commend them on closing the wrap properly. All too often when I try to get wraps they are wrapped poorly and fall apart. So, this almost makes up for my issue – but not quite.
At the end of the lunch I noticed the bill included a $2.25 charge for soda. I can buy a full dinner with unlimited soda from Taco Bell for that much. Well, it may cost more than that, but not much more. Not that I want to buy dinner from Taco Bell mind you, but the point remains the same – $2.25 is insane for soda, even with unlimited refills. The threshold for me on soda is $1.75, once you hit or break that barrier you are forcing me to boycott your restaurant. So, to The Retreat, in spite of your service and food I am now boycotting you……..good day!