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Long before there was Yelp, there was the City Paper‘s Restaurant Raters, an army of well-armed (and palate-ed) diners who share their thoughts on the many places to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the metro area. After years of treating our raters like Britney treats her children, we’ve decided to re-energize the program.

Really, we mean it this time.

To wit: We here at Young & Hungry Central will regularly publish your mini-reviews on the Y&H blog and in the paper. Just think, it could be the start of your career in food journalism.

If you’d like your comments read by thousands of Y&H readers, here’s all you need to do: Sign up to be a rater (it’s fast and easy, with a minimum of invasive questions), then find the restaurant you’d like to rate in our database, and start spouting off! We’ll publish the best reviews that come our way.

Like this one on DC Coast, from long-time rater jstrelitz, who has resurfaced after a five-year absence:

Good things: Maine scallops were sweet and as big as filet mignons; halibut was seared perfectly and flaked crabmeat tender — but the corn base tasted more like cream corn than something silky and smooth. Bad things: The gazpacho tasted like cold Campbell’s soup with chunks of melon thrown in as an afterthought, the oysters made me cry a little inside (not in a good way) for their grit and over-breading and what the hell is up with their blackberry/vanilla/chocolate sauce on the chocolate cake dessert? It could have doubled as paint in consistency and taste. Service was good, the room is pretty but this is the third trip for me and the food continued to fall plat.

You agree or disagree with jstrelitz? Then let us know what you think!