Sad, but true…

It’s official, the bad economy has trickled down to Martini Talk. So, you may have noticed that my posts have slowed down a bit. There are a few reasons for that. 1) I recently started a new job that requires me to travel – ALOT. 2) I was studying for the GMATs. and 3) When I did have time, I really wasn’t going out much. I mean, $13 cocktails in this economic climate? Yeah, no.

But then all of a sudden it seemed like the sips were going to start picking up again. The GMATs were over (don’t ask how I did), a new stimulus package was unveiled, and I was finally getting the hang of the new gig — and then it happened.

Last night, my friends and I were super excited to check out Merkato 55 (shown above). I’ve heard rave reviews, and the website had us so pumped. Think rum infusions, spice-infused cocktails, a bread bar. So we make a reservation, get there on time, and there is barely anyone in the restaurant. OK, it was early. So we ask the bartender for a cocktail menu and he says they don’t have one. Ummm…has he seen the website??? So then I asked the hostess for a dinner menu, and she hands me a 5 x 7 piece of paper with only 3 items on it. What??? When we asked about what was on the website, all they could say was “I’m sorry, we aren’t doing that anymore.” Very odd, and very disappointing. Could this be a sign of the times? My gut instinct is that Merkato 55 is not going to be around much longer. I hope the same is not true for Bar Martignetti, which is also mysteriously “closed for renovations.”

So we ended up at Ilili (right). Great Lebanese food, so-so cocktails. We sipped the Poison Sumac Margarita made with tequila, orange liqueur, fresh pomegranate juice, lime and sumac.

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