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Best Single Item in Greektown?

Steve Jun 14, 2007 06:42 AM

Rather than looking to eat in the best overall restaurant in Baltimore's Greektown, I'd like suggestions on what you think is the single most delicious thing you've eaten. Could be a main, appetizer, side dish, soup, whatever!


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    Warthog RE: Steve Jun 14, 2007 06:49 AM

    My standard Greek fall-back when I want something tasty and I don't want to think or make decisions - my "I'm tired as heck, and I just want a good, dependable meal" default, is to go to Zorba's and order Kontosouvli, endives, and either roasted potatoes or broccoli for the second side, depending on my mood.

    There may be other dishes that may be better on a given night, but for a no-brainer, never failed me, tasty Greektown repast, this is my personal fave.

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      hon RE: Steve Jun 14, 2007 07:01 AM

      The chicken souvlaki and stuffed grape leaves at Samos!

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        Steve RE: Steve Jun 14, 2007 07:47 AM

        Uh oh, this is going to be a harder decision than I thought.....

        Keep them coming!

        1. baltoellen RE: Steve Jun 14, 2007 08:51 AM

          I'd have to second Zorba's. Their lamb chops are incredible, as is the grilled octopus. If you can't make up your mind, you can always get the sampler appetizer....

          1. JonParker RE: Steve Jun 14, 2007 10:59 AM

            I'm all for everything posted so far in this thread, but for the sake of having something to post other than "YUM" I'll say the fried calamari at Ikaros.

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              Hue RE: JonParker Jun 14, 2007 01:48 PM

              The fried calamari at Ikaros is my go to favorite, also enjoy the roasted potatoes....

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              writehere RE: Steve Jun 14, 2007 09:58 PM

              the chicken at habanero grill.....so much for greektown staying all greek

              1. ko1 RE: Steve Jun 15, 2007 06:37 AM

                I second the grilled octopus at Zorba's. The sweetbreads are fantastic, too. Staying Greek, but moving to Fells Point, the taramasalata at Meze is incredible.

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                  Warthog RE: ko1 Jun 15, 2007 09:28 AM

                  Thanks for the reminder about the sweetbreads! I had them for the first time a Zorba's, but I haven't had them there for a long time. I recall them being on the menu at one point, but I don't remember if I've seen them on the menu lately, or even as a special. I'll have to check next time I'm there, and ask, if they aren't on the menu.

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                    ko1 RE: Warthog Jun 18, 2007 09:01 AM

                    I haven't been there in awhile. I hope they still have them. Let me know!

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                  elgringoviejo RE: Steve Jun 19, 2007 09:37 AM

                  I recommend the taramasalata at Ikaros, dolmades at either Ikaros or Acropolis, lamb dishes at Acropolis and fried squid at either Ikaros or Acropolis. Greektown is the place to go in Baltimore for excellent food at reasonable prices.

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                    KAZ RE: Steve Jun 19, 2007 09:47 AM

                    I forget what its called, but there is a baked cheese app at Samos that is unbelievable. Its a smooth greek cheese, topped with a liquor and baked and I eat the heck out of it each time I go.

                    Can someone else fill in the details?

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                      Robearjr RE: KAZ Jun 19, 2007 06:25 PM

                      The cheese is saganaki....Opa!

                      I always get saganaki, moussaka and a glass of mavrodafni.

                      Is this the most sophisticated fare? No. But it is very tasty.

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                      pomme de terre RE: Steve Jun 20, 2007 11:26 AM

                      Village salad (served family style) and avolomongeo (spelling? It's lemony chicken and rice soup) at Ikaros.


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                        Steve RE: Steve Jun 26, 2007 05:34 PM

                        Well, I finally made it to Greektown, and I was surprised that it was a vibrant and still thriving community with a strong identity. On a side street I saw a bank, a church, a market, and on the main drag a variety of places such as a community center, a couple of bakeries, several restaurants and other businesses.

                        I went to Zorba's, didn't have much time, so went with the marinated and spit grilled pork with endive and broccoli. It was a massive platter of chopped pork, quite fatty and oily to boot. If the knock against Greek food is that it is plain and unseasoned, then that was the case with my food as well. Served with plenty of lemon to cut into the oiliness. Could have fed a small army. Leftovers the next day again proved all too plain and wearying.

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                          baltimorejim RE: Steve Jun 27, 2007 07:33 PM

                          Sorry to hear about your experience at Zorba's. I don't care for the pork either. However you might go back for any of the fish dishes, lamb chops, or grilled calamari. The village salad is also good (the one without the lettuce). I like the salad with dill. They serve the dill separately. I prefer sitting downstairs. Great place for late night dinners.

                          At Samos I like the avogolemono soup, the shrimp app with cheese and a roasted red pepper sauce, and the lamb souvlaki on a stick.

                        2. JonParker RE: Steve Jun 30, 2007 05:59 AM

                          Since I reserve the right to change my mind at a moment's notice, the lamb chops at Zorba last night were amazing. I licked the bones clean.

                          If I had one wish for something to change in Greektown, it would be serving canned green beans with tomato. They all do it (except maybe Samos) and it's just boring. The dolmades were scrumptious though.

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