Professional, unbiased reviews of all kosher restaurants located in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Friday, November 04, 2005


Apologies for the failure to post. It's been a busy time and we just havent had a chance. However, please keep an eye out for the next review, which will likely be on the Knish Shoppe.

Someone emailed me today and posed two interesting questions. Yankel [name changed] asks: "I believe 921 outside Baltimore has been closed for more than a few months now. Business dispute, apparently. Oh, and the idea that you'd accept free Kosher meals from restaurants in exchange for reviews? Unethical, no?"

I'd like to quickly answer his questions and perhaps this applies to anyone else who might have similar queries. As to the most unfortunate closure of Cafe 921, yes, technically it was a business dispute. The scuttlebutt around town is that the 2 owners of 921 and brasserie were involved in a lawsuit and split the ownership of both stores, and the person who became owner of 921 closed it down because it was too costly to maintain it while fighting the legal battle. Dont quote me on this asnwer, but I was told this story by a former employee of Cafe 921 so I think it has some credibility.

In response to Yankel's second question, I feel it is not unethical to accept a free review. It would be unethical if we were to give them better reviews as a result of their free offer. Here, the free meal will not have any effect on our review. We would, however, note on the website that the business gave us a free meal so that all readers are informed appropriately and could perhaps, take the review with a grain of salt if they so chose. We aren't rich, so eating out at every eatery in Baltimore is not really something that we can do so easily, so accepting a meal in return for a review is fair as long as the business acknowledges that this does not change any facet of our objectivity. Besides, nobody has offered any free meals anyways, so its not likely to affect our reviews anyways!

Shabbat Shalom!