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October 14, 2009

Food crime stories

I clearly don't read the Police Blotter enough for nuggets of restaurant news. Thanks to Liz Kay for pointing this one out to me:

After a man paid $71 for a bill of $91 at Umami Bistro in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road about 9 p.m. Monday and refused to pay the remaining $20, he left and was about to get into his pickup truck when a restaurant employee confronted him and demanded the balance. Police said the man snatched the $71 and a check from the employee's grasp and drove away. ...

That's one of those items where you wish Paul Harvey were still around to say, "And now for the rest of the story..." Why did he pay so much but balk at the rest? What was a crook doing eating at such an unlikely restaurant? Did the employee get his license number? Etc., etc.

I had the employee of a restaurant chase after me once (or actually my party). We had left an adequate but not generous tip at a Chinese restaurant on Greenmount Avenue, and the owner came running out after us yelling it wouldn't even cover the cost of laundering the tablecloth.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:03 PM | | Comments (6)


Let me guess--you never ate there again, right?

I'm more interested in what he ate; he thought it was worth $71 but not $91?
Then, after thinking about it, decided it wasn't worth anything and grabbed the $71 back.
EL, please call Umami on Paul Harvey's behalf and give us the rest of the story.

Paul Harvey died?

Are you going to say, "How could they tell?" EL

I thought Larry King was Paul Harvey's new job.

From The Sun's 9.29.09 Police Blotter:,0,7408218.story

"Robbery: Moments after a man entered the Dunkin' Donuts in the 1000 block of W. 41st St. about 2 p.m. Sunday and ordered blueberry doughnuts, he pulled out a small semiautomatic handgun and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register. The man fled with an undisclosed sum and the doughnuts."

Of course in "The Godfather" it was "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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