I was not surprised when the CH Moderators recently took down a thread (about Chick-a-Fil) which had evolved into a discussion about a restaurant chain's politics. The discussion had become more about politics and less about the original post. Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, a wide range of political issues often, rightly or wrongly, influence our dining choices. I'm hoping that the moderators will not take this post down, because it raises what I think is an important issue. Among the political issues which may influence some diners are:
1) Does the restaurant source mainly from local producers, American producers, or significantly from foreign producers? This can involve products as diverse as produce, seafood, wine, etc.
2) Does the restaurant serve foie gras?
3) Does the restaurant use only sustainable fish and seafood (such as those recommended by the Monterey Bay aquarium)? See: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...
4) Does the restaurant serve caviar from endangered sturgeon sources, or from countries such as Iran, Russia, etc.?
5) Does the restaurant engage in discriminatory practices (women, races, gays, etc.) or make openly discriminatory statements?
My question is, which (if any) of these or other political stances do you consider important when deciding where to dine? Or...from your perspective, is the dining experience the sole factor that influences where you eat?