The Week In (User) Reviews

Every Friday, we provide you with the best–and the worst–user reviews from the week. The following reviews are real, valid, submitted, unedited (except where marked) reviews from our various sites.

Politics and hot topic issues are inherently touchy subjects in real life, often rife with gray areas, blurry lines, rocks, hard places and maybe even a quagmire or two. But when it comes to restaurant reviews, it’s pretty safe to say that if a controversial issue is referenced, it had better be used in a constructive and, ideally, witty fashion.

We like it when users make references to current events and personal points of view, but sometimes, opinions don’t make for helpful reviews. For example: MenuPages users are often interested in discovering if a certain restaurant’s preparation of a dish–say, veal scallopine–is good or not. But no one cares about your stance on veal, right or wrong:

for the guy who had the veal…. the fact that you eat veal means your a savage. how ‘bout i come to your home, put you in a cage so you can’t move and after few days i’ll slice open your throat so you bleed a slow death.

Again, we are neither promoting or denouncing veal, but one individual’s rant against an issue is not helpful to the masses, particularly when said rant is rated R.

On the other hand, we do enjoy clever political references. Take this final quip at the conclusion of a well-written, glowing review about an Afghan restaurant:

Screw al queda, food should be for peace

Or this jab at a local Chinese place:

There were more WMDs in Iraq than shrimp in my shrimp noodles.

Or this jab at a local Chinese place:

The Week In (User) Reviews