RE: Does the Beverage Served Make a Difference to You?
I drink water in most restaurants because of the price mark-up on drinks. But in general:
coke or pepsi? Makes no difference to me.
sweet tea or unsweetened? either is fine.
coffee? I'm very particular and if someone in the restaurant business thinks that the type of coffee they serve isn't important...oy vey. I drank a cup of coffee once at a diner in Ogden, Utah and I still have nightmares about it.
In general, I want soda pop with salty & crunchy or salty & greasy,
coffee with sweet stuff, milk with plain midwestern cooking, and lots of good fresh water with anything that I actually want to taste. If the food has a lot of complex flavors, I don't want to wreck it with a strong cup of coffee or a glass of carbonated sugar. The exception is that if I'm eating food from another culture, I often want to drink something from that same culture, even if it doesn't go with the meal. Thus, watermelon-flavored water with tacos, thai iced coffee with their phad thai, beer with bar-b-cue.