In California you can go to a pretty nice breakfast place and they'll serve you real maple syrup in a glass with a spout, or a little syrup ramekin. If you go to a cheaper place they might have fake maple syrup but it'll be in a glass with a spout so you can pretend it's real. Even IHOP does this.
In New York, right next to the place where the maple syrup comes from, they don't do any of this. I've been to fancy breakfast restaurants, as fancy as any I ever went to in California, and they all treat maple syrup like cheap jelly. It's made by Smuckers out of corn syrup and it comes in little plastic tubs with pull-off tops, like non-dairy creamer. They have to stock this stuff because all the restaurants here do delivery, and how are you going to deliver maple syrup in a little syrup ramekin. But they take it a step further and also give it to the people who came over to their restaurant in person! So when I go out to breakfast I never order anything with a dependency on maple syrup. I guess I could be a huge snob and bring my own little container of maple syrup, but then why don't I stay home and make my own waffles?
I've eaten at places in the south (IHOP being the exception), where the restaurant just buys a 20-pack of Log Cabin squeeze bottles and plunks one down on each table. New Yorkers probably think their system is better, but I don't see how. I never thought I'd have anything good to say about IHOP's syrup, but at least it doesn't look obviously fake.
Incidentally, Rocks'n'Diamonds is turning into ZZT.