I grew up mostly in the US south-my Mom and Dad from New York City and small town Iowa. Growing up, we all drank unsweetened iced tea with lemon at just about every meal.
Working in food service in NC and Florida for most of my adult life, I took it for granted that a nice glass of good, at least decent, iced tea could had at any restaurant.
Fast forward to my life in New York. Every time I eat out and order iced tea I get a wine glass of cloudy, acrid, stale "tea" with maybe a few cubes floating around in it-all for $2.50 or more! When I ask for a refill, I get charged again! Last night I ordered iced tea and got a glass of something (again in a wine glass!!??) that was absolutely black! I thought it was iced coffee, but indeed, it was some kind of tea, but nothing suitable to be a refreshing iced drink. WTF?
Horribly, sometimes I get served a bottle of Snapple-yuck.
Is it impossible to get a proper glass of iced tea in the north?
Why do restaurants charge so much for such a cheap drink and yet make it so badly?
Is this just a regional thing---northerners just don't drink iced tea all that much?