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Mar 19, 2008 07:48 PM

Does anyone ever order hot water with lemon?

...instead of, say tea? and if you do, do you expect it to be free? Just curious. I went for lunch with some friends and someone ordered that, and asked for honey, too. I though it was a little weird. The restaurant didn't charge for it, BTW.

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  1. Yep. People order hot water with lemon quite frequently. And, no, I don't know of any places that charge for it. In my area of the world, (kind of crunchy), people order it because they believe that warm water with lemon aids in digestion, or at least that cold water is bad for digestion. Not so sure about the honey though. Maybe to make the water taste better.

    1. When I waited tables back in the day..I used to get so pissed because it was a huge pain in getting hot water but to not charge for it and run around for
      There should be a charge..

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Is it really that difficult to get hot water? Not trying to be rude...just wondering.

        1. re: xena1441

          I don't think it;s any more or less difficult than getting a cup of tea. It's an 'equal labor' event. I thnk that tipping, to a large degree, should be based on the actions/labor of the Server, not just on a % of the bill. SInce I feel that it's the same labor to carry a cup of hot water or a pitcher of iced lemon water as it is to carrry a cup of tea, or a pitcher of soda, so I tend to factor that 'imaginary' cost into my tip.
          Same goes for '2 for1' or 'Buy one get 2nd at half price' dinners. When figuring the tip, I do so based on what the full cost of the meal would be
          w/o the dinner discounts.

      2. Charge or not, yes, I've ordered it. Usually if I'm dieting or detoxing. I drank copious quantities of this before a **ahem** delicate medical procedure last year.

        1. It's sort of like the hot water version of "Boca Lemonade" If I wanted hot water, lemon and honey I'd just ask for an herbal teabag on the side, and not use it.

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          1. re: Tay

            yes Tay it's hot Boca Lemonade! I think there should be a nominal charge, it's as much work for a server as bringing tea - usually because the hot water and lemon brigade send the server back for more lemons and more hot water, and, lemons these days are very expensive. It is still a cost to the restaurant.

            1. re: Tay

              Yeah, that was why I thought it was weird. I'm sure the charge for tea is not based on the 10 cent teabag, so if I wanted the pot of hot water, the cup & saucer, the spoon, the lemon and honey I'd just order tea (the teabag always comes on the side). It just never occured to me to just order hot water with lemon and honey, and I'd never seen anyone else do it. Seems like I'm just sheltered :)

              1. re: hsk

                Many restaurants serve it with the tea bag already immersed in the cup, or they serve it in small metal tea pots with the tea bag already in the water.That's why it's just better to cover all bases and specifically request the tea bag on the side :-}

                1. re: Tay

                  Tay, thanks the info. I'm not a huge tea drinker (I prefer coffee if I'm not having something stronger), but I'd always understood that tea was prepared by pouring hot water OVER the teabag. Which is why the teabag is always on the side (at least AFAIK in Canada).

                  1. re: hsk

                    My pleasere to share information :-} I'm only going by what I've observed. The whole teabag already in the hot water pot may be some sort of attempt to 'steep' (I hope that's the correct spelling)
                    In some restaurants, I've actually been served pots of tea with loose tea in a mini strainer or 'tea bal'... Some places that serve a proper Afternoon Tea, will do that. It's something different and fun :-}

            2. Yes and I've never been charged for it. Usually I'll order it when I've had a long dinner and my DC(s) order coffee/tea/dessert which I often skip. So I'll get some hot water with lemon while my DCs enjoy their beverages.