Anyone who has ever eaten with me at a restaurant will know the issues I have with the offering of Mr. Pibb when I order Dr Pepper. Yes, Pibb is a cheap knock-off, but it is not the same thing. Honestly, I don't even find it to be that close. It's just a product that happens to have a similar naming scheme as my beloved soda.

But, I have come to accept the fact that people will offer it to me. However! Sometimes a restaurant doesn't even carry Pibb, and that's when the wait staff gets inventive. Most of the time, the waiter/ress will just say, "sorry, we just have ______", and I'll order from the list s/he rattles off. Sometimes you'll get something crazy like, "Is Root Beer ok?" No, it's not. It's not even close, but thanks for trying.

While visiting Arianna a couple weeks ago, we went to a little restaurant in Urbana, and I ordered a Dr Pepper. Naturally, the place didn't have it, so what did the waitress offer me?

Pibb? No.
Root Beer? No.

She offers me Mountain Dew.

Mountain Dew?

Not only are the flavors absolutely not even close to being the same, they're not even the same color! What possesses someone to consider that a viable alternative?

I regained my composure and kindly requested a Pepsi instead. When the waitress left the table, I just sat there, in shock, and looked at Arianna with a dumbfounded look on my face. All she could say was, "I know... I know..."

Granted, the only person here who has ever eaten with me at a restaurant is Scott Hardie, and I don't think he witnessed this. Lucky bastard.

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Lori Lancaster | August 5, 2007
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