2011: The year's most scathing restaurant reviews

Thanks to the anonymous world of online commenting, expressing negative opinions about dining experiences is commonplace. But restaurant owners — and loyal patrons — still pay particular attention when paid reviewers with real names lower the boom.

Read some of the biggest bombs dropped nationally in 2011 here.

A review in the Statesman's Scene magazine has a significant impact — positive or negative — on a restaurant. Ask any owner. As an editor, I'm sensitive to that. There's a certain responsibility that comes with publishing a restaurant review.

That said, reviews are written for diners, not restaurants. If restaurateurs glean useful information from reviews, terrific. But that's not the primary goal of the review.

On that note, did any of the Statesman's restaurant reviews seem overtly harsh this year?

Hoping

I was hoping to see local scathing reviews. Bummer

OKAY

I won't eat at the restaurant at Walmart!

(There's another one of them nearby)

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Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.

Dear Restauranteur Of The Illest Repute,

When I arrived and sampled your "food" I got so sick I nearly died.

I still had to return because I'm feeling suicidal and needed closure.

Thank you for helping me destroy my once towering ego and pomposity.

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Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.