Is it at all possible to get good tasting diet soda from a restaurant or bar?
In my experience, no.
I went out to dinner the other night with the Heavy Metal Sex in the City girls to Monster B's in Stamford. In no way is this meant to be a condemnation of Monster B's. I actually did enjoy the food, and of course the company rocked, but unfortunately the diet soda stunk on ice. It tasted like shit, too.
And it's everywhere! Unless it's coming right outta the can diet soda from a gun or from a fountain is one of the foulest liquids known to man and woman. Horrifically bitter is the best way to put it. I don't know if it's the mix, the lines, the nozzles or a combination of all of the above. Ask any bartender and they'll admit nothing is ever properly cleaned. Just think about it, at the end of the night they may wash the glasses but whatever soda is in the line waiting to be mixed with water and bubbles has to sit there, in the line, until the next day when some poor unsuspecting soul orders a diet soda... Ick.
Now, I don't drink beer. I don't drink any alcohol, actually. And I know this makes me even stranger than I am, but could it at all be possible for me to get a good tasting soda when I go out with my peeps? Is that asking too much?
I learned the trick at one local venue - order bottled water. I suppose I'll have to stick to beverages I can open myself. No more crap tasting diet soda for me - them days are over!