Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Meat-Free Dining During Lent

I'm not sure if there's ever a good time to be a fish, but I think it's safe to say that Lent is definitely not one of those times.

Today is the Great American Meat Out, during which many people are giving up meat for the day — or forever! At the same time, Lent is going on. Many diners eschew meat on Fridays or altogether until Easter Sunday. Dining out for these folks can be a challenge, See what diners are saying about meat-free dining during Lent in select OpenTable reviews from the last seven days!

Eddie Merlot’s, Columbus, Ohio: “We especially love the Lent special this year with the change to two lobsters.”

Karyn’s on Green, Chicago, Illinois: “For two meat eaters, trying a vegan restaurant was quite an experience, but we should have never had any doubts! We went to Karyn’s on a Friday during Lent and were very happy with the food and will be returning in the future. The ‘chorizo sliders’ were delicious and had we not known they weren’t real sausage, we would have never been able to tell.”

Le Cirque, New York, New York: “Went on a Friday during Lent so only ate fish/seafood. No complaints about our selections, all were great! From grilled octopus to whole turbot fish.”

Macello, Chicago, Illinois:  “We were looking for a good place to have dinner before a Blackhawks game and found Macello. We had a great experience. Two of the four of us were observing Lent (no meat on friday) and one was following a low carb diet. All four of us had many great options to choose from.”

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Dining Poll: Are 40 Days and 40 Nights of Sacrifice in Your Food + Drink Future?

Fat Tuesday is, perhaps, one of the most fun days of the years for folks who love food and booze. But, the next day is Ash Wednesday, which marks the start, for some, of a period of sacrifice in anticipation of Easter. When I’ve observed Lent in the past, I usually gave up something that impacted what I ate or drank. One year, I gave up meat (and ate more cheese sandwiches than I care to remember). Another year, I gave up all forms of alcohol (and drank more Red Bull than I care to remember). Is there a foodie sacrifice in your immediate future? Weigh in on our post-Mardi Gras poll!