You Shouldn't Have to Apologize for Serving Steak in a Steakhouse

If A.G. Sulzberger wanted a vegetarian option, he could have just asked for one. And no, it's not just because his dad is the powerful publisher of The New York Times -- anyone could take this option. Sulzberger, who last year was moved from The Times' Metro desk to its Kansas City bureau, wrote an article in Wednesday's paper made, "Meatless in the Midwest: A Tale of Survival," that suggested he was on the verge of starving in his new home. "After the first three dinners in my new hometown, where I moved from New York to cover the Midwest for this newspaper, even this veteran vegetarian was flagging," he wrote.

And where did he go? Well, where pretty much all out-of-towners go first when they're in Kansas City: The Golden Ox steakhouse, Arthur Bryant's barbecue, and Stroud's fried chicken. As those descriptors suggest, they are not known for their vegetarian menus. "If his co-workers knew he was a vegetarian and took him there or suggested places like those, then they're putting one over on him," Bill Teel, owner of The Golden Ox, told The Atlantic Wire.

"We're a steakhouse," Teel told The Atlantic Wire. "We shouldn't have to apologize for, you know, serving steaks." Arthur Bryant's Gary Beribiglia said simply, "The story should have been where you can get vegetarian food, not where you can't." (No one from Stroud's returned our calls before we published.)

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