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Behind the Review: Sinbad’s Feast

sinbad3Sometimes it can be difficult to find a restaurant for a lead review. I actually considered four different restaurants for this week’s review based on recommendation from friends, readers and other media. I didn’t really fall hard for any of them, but the deadline was looming, and I had to make a choice.

I eventually decided to go with Sinbad’s Feast when I realized what a godsend it was to people who observe Muslim dietary laws. The food is fine, if not on par with my favorite Persian restaurants around town. But all of the meats (pictured above) are halal. When I returned for a second visit, I saw a huge party of (I think) Somalis, dressed to the nines and having a great time.

I really try to think about where readers live, what they’re interested in, and what matters most to them. Sometimes those considerations go beyond simple criteria.

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Don M.

February 25th, 2011
6:34 pm

Your comments made me curious: which are your favorite Persian restaurants?

A

February 28th, 2011
2:15 pm

I’m still not getting your new star system. When I see a 1 star in the paper or online, I naturally assume the restaurant is not worth my time. I appreciate what you and your team are trying to do with the new rating system, but it just doesn’t work for me.

Jere

March 1st, 2011
9:26 am

John, I always enjoy reading your thoughtful reviews. I wish the people who only have negative comments regardless of whether you’re reviewing an “inside” or “outside” perimeter restaurant would just keep their opinions to themselves.

John Kessler

March 1st, 2011
12:52 pm

thanks, Jere! You and me both….

Kathy

March 2nd, 2011
12:51 pm

For those of us that are not familiar with certain areas, could you give a steet address in your reviews?

John Kessler

March 2nd, 2011
2:21 pm

Kathy – The street address is with the actual review. Please click on the restaurant’s name, and you’ll find it. Best, JK