The Rumor Mill
The Rumor Mill

The Rumor Mill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.therumormillrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4104610041
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday: open at 5 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: open at 12 p.m. Closed Mondays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: The Rumor Mill has an accessible private room for parties of up to 25, and a larger, semi-private upstairs mezzanine that can accommodate up to 65. The restaurant is also available for buyouts depending on booked business.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St
  • Parking: Street Parking
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A word from The Rumor Mill
The building may be historic, but the food and drink at the Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant is all modern. Join us in the heart of Ellicott City's quaint historic district and enjoy globally-inspired small plates, house-made desserts, a smart beer and wine list and Maryland's only fusion vodka bar. Open for dinner daily and for lunch and dinner on Saturdays.
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The Rumor Mill reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (14)romantic (12)good for groups (10)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • libations and fun dishes
    AFink
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Honey-miso scallops, seared perfectly. Fried oysters were very tasty, and had an interesting flavor profile, prepared in an Asian style. Sliders were very tasty but could have used some heat on the bun before being served. The pork belly was a large portion and was prepared well. However, our two favorite dishes were the brie sampler and the Brussels sprouts. Both were really fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply incredible!
    JaimGann
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We ate at the Rumor Mill for our anniversary, and agreed that it was the best food we've eaten (out) in our entire married life. I mentioned in our reservation that it was our 10th anniversary, and when we arrived the staff greeted us with obvious excitement. A hand-written card at our table, from the owners, offered us congratulations. Every small plate was a masterpiece, in some cases bordering on "molecular gastronomy" in creativity. Toward the end of the meal, the chef/owner came out with a dish on the house that truly blew our minds, a concoction with feta cheese, leek ash, and infused oil, among other things, on French bread. The staff were friendly, attentive without hovering, and kind. We were also very impressed with the drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find for Foodies!
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    From the minute you walk through the door service is welcoming, efficient and honest. They told us they couldn't bring all our food out at once for our group of 9, but that was fine. When they found out we had a birthday celebrant, he received a free dessert. Beginning with the rosemary infused gin and tonic everything was uniquely and appropriate seasoned/flavored. And everything was housemade - even the four varieties of ketchup served with the fries, the toppings for the brie sampler, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waite staff
    Dining4Joy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Introduced my son and partner to this restaurant this visit. Food was great. Holly who waited on us was a total delight. Made for another memorable evening at this special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Although the food is good, the menu is very limited, thus not an ideal place to return to more than twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    JRTraveler
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Texas Mystery Box event was a smash with exciting recipes and twists on southern dishes, all supported by innovative cocktails. The service was exceptional and the chef's attention to detail was remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for Friends
    foodie4liiiife
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always want to order everything and take a taste from everyone's plate? Now you can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had not been to Ellicott City in 15 years but stayed in a nearby bed and breakfast for our 45th anniversary. We had picked the Rumor Mill for our anniversary dinner from the Open Table comments. The food was divine. Every dish was as good as it gets in the Baltimore Washington area. One dish, the Brussel Sprouts, was simply the best ever. Service was impeccable and warm. We loved it and will return often. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas in Historic Ellicott City
    SBB55VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The Rumor Mill is a nice find - pleasant, tapas restaurant in Historic Ellicott City, perfect for a "catch up with friends" sort of dining experience that was our purpose this past week. My dining companion and I shared 4 "tapas" and enjoyed each: seared scallops, brussels sprouts, watermelon salad and Kobe beef sliders. The buns on the sliders were on the gummy side but the burgers were very nice and the 4 sliders are enough to feed one for dinner, by themselves. The sprouts were good, as was the watermelon salad, though a little difficult to eat with the melon arriving, with accompaniments, in one rectangular slab - nice to look at but a little challenging to eat with the other flavors once cut into manageable side. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    LHelen
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was excellent, service courteous and prompt... Looking forward to the next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in love
    JessU
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always it was an amazing experience! The food was awesome!! You can always find something you will like on the menu. Chef Matt changes the menu seasonally. He always has a new fun and very tasty thing to add to the line up. We left so full we thought we would explode! The staff is so kind and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service great chef
    Darcy75
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a wonderful evening and a wonderful dinner. When one our our dishes wasn't prepared to the chef's standards, he personally came out and made it up to us with wonderful alternatives. We were very well taken care of and our request for a quiet table was accommodated. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet Sunday Dinner
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a nice dinner. We've had the scallops before which were again great. We tried the ag cashew salad, pork belly, and tuna tartare which were pretty good. Service was wonderful. This was our third time and we'll be back.
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  • Always amazing!!!
    RumorMillRocks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been to The Rumor Mill several times and have never been disappointed! From excellent service, great drinks, and the yummiest food, this restaurants got it all! Also great for vegetarian friendly options. We went for a birthday this time and they did so many things to make it a special evening. Definitely a wonderful experience and will continue to enjoy and recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Nice hideaway,romantic.
    Veenray
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Last minute decision,glad we stopped in. Small plates were all excellent, highly recommend the brussel sprouts, tasted like candy. Vodkas are interesting but nothing special. Wines were all top notch. Pulled pork plate and scallops were also very good. Its tucked away in an alley, but well worth finding. We would happily return for another dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food
    biteit
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Rumor Mill is one of those places you go to for dishes you can't find anywhere else. Calamari with bacon. Oysters dragged in wasabi flour and flash fried. Bison meat sliders. In other words, plenty of delicious surprises, and the menu changes all the time. Pleasant, calming atmosphere. Great service. A blissful oasis at the end of a hectic day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diamond in the Rough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We dined at the Rumor Mill on a Friday evening and were surprised by the light crowd. The food was delicious and creative. The service was outstanding. And it was an excellent touch that Chef Matthew came to talk to us at the end our dining experience to present us with an amuse bouche. Tucked away in Tiber Alley, I'm afraid too few people realize what a charming little spot the Rumor Mill and that it is more than a trendy vodka infusion bar (which is a cool idea, but not its greatest feature.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clover
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and service were excellent! We enjoted meeting the chef as he visited tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    interesting location, inventive chef, small plates, server attentive & pleasant, extensive specials list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 384 reviews are from the The Rumor Mill reviews archive.
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    Lizard301
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I first heard about this place because it was the last stop on a Ghosts of Ellicott City tour I took 3 years ago. Finally, I was able to go for dinner last Friday. I absolutely fell in love with the ambiance, the "small plate" theme, and the fabulous dishes all around. My boyfriend and I ate half the menu, and it was totally not a problem that I was gluten free. The chef, apparently, also has a food allergy so it was no big deal. There's an enormous selection of gf and vegan offerings, and there were suggestions made by our server (Hi, Holly!) of offerings that could be modified at request. There is also a million infused vodkas, 2 infused bourbons, and several other house-made liquors. I will be definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    Greattapas1
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A little off Main Street this Hidden Gem has great food, wonderful infused vodka drinks and romantic ambience. Food is Tapas style with Seasonal changes. Always a delightful experience as service is paced well....no one rushes you !!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find!
    GalaGal
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We so enjoyed our meal , the eclectic menu including wonder and fanciful cocktails. Would certainly go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • visitor favorite
    Dining4Joy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Invited my adult niece from out of town to my favorite restaurant and nothing disappointed - from the cozy environment, to the knowledgeable friendly wait staff, to the extraordinary food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary Restaurant
    monthlygatherers
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Once a month me and three high school friends connect to catch up on our lives. We search for venues that are unique so that our gathering will be interesting and memorable. We found the Rumor Mill on the web and it definitely looked like a perfect fit for our June gathering. It was everything we expected. The tapas style gave us the opportunity to share many dishes, all of which were amazing. Our server, Holly, was friendly and professional and knowledgeable about the menu. The prices were very reasonable. The only thing we would have changed was the music selection as it didn't seem to fit the atmosphere of the restaurant. We suggest the singer/songwriter type music genre. Other than that, our evening was absolutely perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique fusion of flavors
    Meilsb6
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    When you read their menu you will instantly notice the imaginative and thoughtful pairing of flavors within each dish. Their selection of dishes is pretty wide in comparison to many fine dining/artisan restaurants. To top it off, the staff was all very friendly and hospitable, chef is very health conscious as evident by the number of gluten-free and vegan dishes. The food quality and flavors were excellent! We are so happy to have celebrated our 13th anniversary with them and are looking forward to bringing other loved ones to share the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll give it another try.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Nice place, food was good. The server started flustered, placed the wrong order, missed an order addition and missed an entree for the table. I will give the restaurant another try later this year to make certain this was a one time "bad night" for one server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    drj1VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The reviews for The Rumor Mill were pretty good so we were looking forward to the evening. First off, the cherry "infused"bourbon was not infused at all, it was bourbon & cherry coke. Ditto the pomegranate infused vodka, vodka & pomegranate juice! The food itself was pretty good. The small plates were fun for experimenting but there was not a great deal of variety. Small plates are meant to be shared but there were no serving pieces so we had to use the same forks we were eating with to take food from the small plates. Mussels were served with no seafood forks available. It is hard to believe the restaurant has been open for 7 years- it needs lots of work./
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  • Superb Small Plates & Cocktails
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our 2nd visit to the Rumor Mill. All the small plates were wonderful, with a beautiful presentation. Service was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Dining4Joy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I continue to dine here, and bring out of town guests at every opportunity. The atmosphere is intimate. The food is exceptional and the ability to have the small plate portions offers the added pleasure of tasting more and sharing more which is just fun. The service is impeccable with all of the waite staff knowledgeable about the food and behaving in a manner that says they are genuinely glad you've come to their restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mother's Day
    DJUrbanCowboy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We wanted to take our mother somewhere different and the Rumor Mill was quite nice. I am not personally of fan of Tapas style restaurants, as I am a larger man and small plates do not appeal to me, but the quality and flavors of the dishes were excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers' Day Treat
    Upfromcolumbia
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A wonderful find while trying to get reservations. Food was great as was service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AuntieVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went for an early Mother's Day dinner. Enjoyed the tapas style selections. Favorites include the cashew, green bean and asparagus salad; arugula and beef with parmesan; crab fritters. Something for everyone. Server Holly was nice, informative and enthusiastic. Will definitely return. Would have given 5 stars but they have no decaf coffee and will not prepare dishes to-go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, lots of different flavor
    batemancer
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I went to the Rumor Mill with some coworkers after a conference in Baltimore. There were lots of options for small plates, and everyone got to try lots of different foods. I love fresh local eateries especially when traveling, and this is one I've been to twice in a few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try!
    HungryFriend
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Every dish we tried was delicious but the scallops were outstanding! And the list of fusion vodkas is crazy! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem.
    Steph
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Good cocktail list. Wide variety of infused spirits available. I would recommend the Brie platter. Desert was excellent. Off the beaten path but definitely worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great small plates and cocktails
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We were very pleased with every aspect of our dinner- all the small plates were very tasty and the presentations were excellent. Great cocktails, i.e Sidecar.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a surprise!
    Pattay
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I live in Virginia and was looking for a nice place to take my mother for Easter in the Catonsville area. The Rumor Mill received wonderful reviews on several sites. My husband, mother and I all were delighted to find such a special place hidden in Ellicot City! The food was original and delicious! Kelly, our waitress was delightful. To top it all off, Chef Matthew came out to speak to us. His enthusiasm was contagious. We will be back even though it is an hour and a half drive for us!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great evening
    Evelyn
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    As always The Rumor Mill exceeds expectations. We brought a "newbie" with us and she was so delighted with the experience she decided to join us for the 7th Anniversary "Mystery Box Dinner" on the 27th. Our waitress noticed that we had gifts for her and asked if it was for a birthday celebration. The Rumor Mill is fabulous because they don't sing at your table and create a scene, (although, I am sure if someone wanted that, they would accommodate) instead, they brought her dessert out with a lovely little edible piece of candy that said "Happy Birthday". Our guest was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner at the Rumor Mill
    DinnerOut
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Six of us, from 25 years to 63 years, dined at the Rumor Mill in Ellicott City on Wednesday night. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience which is not always easy when you have a vegetarian, someone on a clean eating diet, and a meat-lover. The night was a home run.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and ambiance
    Tanten
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This place is great for drinks and light fare with friends. Food is perfect for goodies, and the presentation was artful, The hostess was more than accommodating after I added one more to my party, making for an awesome birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.