Ezra Klein's Crusade Against the Grilled Vegetable Plate

Ezra Klein, courtesy of ethorson of FlickrWashington Post blogger Ezra Klein has fanned the flames of discontent. In a post yesterday Klein recounted a tale where he asked for a vegetarian option at a Washington, DC restaurant and they offered him a “grilled vegetable plate,” or GVP. He rejected the dish as tasteless, uninspired, and offensive. Here’s the peroration of his manifesto:

Vegetarians of the world need to stop accepting the GVP. It’s an insult, both from the kitchen to the diner, and from the kitchen to itself. It’s not that hard to cook without meat, and choosing to eat less meat shouldn’t result in a form of culinary punishment for diners. We can do better. Change is possible. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. So say it with me: “No. The grilled vegetable plate is not acceptable. Do you have pasta? Or pizza? Or salads? Or an employee trained in the art of putting different kinds of foods together on a plate in order to create a satisfying dining experience for customers? Because if not, my party and I will go elsewhere.”

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  • Kat  April 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Personally I would be thankful to be offered the grilled vegetable plate. Having a gluten allergy, pasta is not an option for me. Salads can get boring and not fulfilling when I want a hot meal. I often have only the choice of steamed vegetables which have less taste than grilled or a salad with no dressing because all dresssings have cream or egg and rice is cooked in chicken broth and vegetables in butter or with meat for flavor.
    I would love for all restaurants to carry vegan options, but until then I will be happy to have a gvp as an option which I seldom find when dining out with friends.

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