Traditional Jewish laws of kosher require the separation of meat and dairy, so there is a tradition of kosher households having all-dairy meals, with no meat or meat products–just delicious things like cheese blintzes, cold borsht, and cottage cheese pancakes. Naturally developing out of this tradition are Jewish dairy restaurants, serving traditional foods like blintzes, matzoh brei, hearty vegetable soups, sour cream, and pickled herring (fish doesn’t count as meat). Not all Jewish dairy restaurants are kosher, says Arthur–many serve dishes with cheese made with rennet, for example, so eater beware.

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