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March 8, 2011

New restaurant report -- #1 of 3: a kosher deli for Howard County

As first reported on HowChow, glancingly linked to here, and confirmed today on HowChow, Maple Lawn is getting a kosher restaurant.

Not kosher-style. KOSHER. As in Baruch Atah Adonai kosher. 

Pita & Rye, which describes itself a New York-style deli, is scheduled to open in May in the Maple Lawn community (I'm pretty sure "Maple Lawn" is the literal translation of my grandparents' shtetl in Belarus.) Who says Jewish humor is dead? Hello?? Is this thing on?

Anyway, according to the press release, "Pita & Rye will operate under Orthodox kosher supervision by Rabbi Hillel Baron of Congregation Ahavas Israel in Columbia, MD. Rabbi Baron welcomes Pita & Rye as 'the first kosher food establishment in Howard County and it is a milestone for our Jewish Community.'"

The menu will feature, in addition to the "premium sandwiches" stuffed with "fresh roasted meats" you'd expect, a selection of Mediterranean-style offerings, which you might not.

Go look at HowChow's post today, which quotes this reader comment from the first post.

Owners of Pita & Rye, whoever you are - you are risking a lot, we know, to give us a deli. Please don't screw it up. I beg you. Give us the good stuff, throw out the bad, and smile when you serve us. Give us good value & a good pickle.

I haven't seen anyone do plaintive like that since Lamentations.




Posted by Richard Gorelick at 3:40 PM | | Comments (4)


Relevant - a temporary winter stand at the Saturday Waverly Farmers Market has spectacular kosher half-dones but are only signed up for the next four weeks. Better than the Sunday JFX guys, who don't have the really green ones. Hope the Maple Lawn place gets some good ones. DC is deli-deficient and jealous of ours.

I saw them on Saturday, too. They seemed like nice guys, but they didn't have a business card (and I can't remember the name of their stall, something like pickle something dill Baltimore).

I have some in the fridge here at work that I'm saving for the next time I improperly link.

Might be Bmore Bill's Dills

Richard -- Oy.

I agree that the pickle is everything. You can't build a deli empire unless the foundation itself is built on and around a solid kosher dill!

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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.

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