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Should Vegetarian Restaurants Only Be Reviewed By Vegetarians?

There was a post over at Just Hungry about whether or not non-vegetarians could accurately review vegetarian restaurants. What do you think?

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hugsandkisses2011 hugsandkisses2011 9 years
no they shouldnt rate it unless they understand the meaning of it and take the feelings and considerations of them in mind!
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
When I impress non-vegetarians with a dish, I feel more confident than when I get approval from a vegetarian. Many meat loves that I know are wicked picky. If I impress them then I made a good meal.
figurine figurine 10 years
Of course not.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
As a vegetarian, sure, I think I would get more out of a review if the reviewer was veg--they probably share my preferences more. However, I don't think that's a reason to restrict veg restaurant reviewing to vegetarians only--how would that make sense? I like to bring my meat-loving friends to try the fake meat at my favorite veg places...I think that if meaties like it, that means they did a good job making food with broad appeal. That's part of what's nice about veg restaurants--why would anyone want to make it into a clique?
poetess poetess 10 years
Good quality food can be appreciated by everyone.
lms lms 10 years
No. Whether something taste good or not is based on how it is seasoned and prepared. Not whether or not it has meat in it.
mmooney7 mmooney7 10 years
No way, non-veggies are sure to like vegetarian options. It's not like they only eat meat every time they eat a meal, and if you're veggie, you know the carnivore will find a dish they will like, they just might not tell you :)
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Of course. They know what they are looking for.
maisiegirl maisiegirl 10 years
No! Honestly, good food, is good food. The culinary experience is not about compartmentalization, but rather exploration. I have been a vegetarian in the past; however, now that I sometimes eat meat, I love eating both. My tendency is to eat and cook more veggie and I just loving experiencing new food combinations, tastes, different perspectives on how ingredients are prepared. There are some many culinary delights to explore, be open-minded!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I'm kind of indifferent. I'm sure that vegetarians know a lot about the foods they eat, but there are some meat-eaters who probably like food so much that they educate themselves on all different things. If you're a professional food reviewer, I would think that would be your job. I mean, these people have to be open to trying new and different things, so as long as they go into the review with an open mind, I would say go for it!
The_coffeegirl The_coffeegirl 10 years
I agree- If the person reviewing is open to vegetarian food- no prob. Most carnivores would be surprised by how tasty veggie food can be. That said, if the food is good, it doesn't matter if you are a vegetarian or not to review it.
Cher412 Cher412 10 years
Omnivores (like me) sometimes opt for the vegetarian route. it's also important for a meat eater to declare their opinion on vegetarian dishes.
eaker eaker 10 years
Restaurant selections should be accessible to all types. Reviewers can be high-handed as it is. Relegating them to niche reviewing would make it worse.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
restaurants should be reviewed by someone with a great palate - vegetarian or not.
Danni99 Danni99 10 years
I think it depends on the diet of the reviewer. Just like I wouldn't want someone who eats only Taco Bell to review the fine dining establishments, I wouldn't want someone who has no clue what a falafel is to review a vegetarian place. But just because someone is an omnivore doesn't mean they can't enjoy a vegetarian meal. If only vegetarians could review vegetarian restuarants, it would be more difficult for meat eaters to know whether they could venture in. Why be exclusionary?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Why should it matter if they're vegeterian or not? I'm a meat eater, but I still enjoy a lot of vegeterian entrees and go to vegeterian restaurants.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
also, wouldn't it be saying something if a bonified meat eater goes to a vegetarian restaurant an dloves it? that means the food is good to those who already like it, and those who want to try it.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Agreed. Thats just silly. Its not like only vegetarians patronize vegetarian restaurants.
socalcutie socalcutie 10 years
that would be like indians only being allowed to review indian food.... silly
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