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Baltimore's Best Greek

I'm taking my friend out to dinner this weekend and I'd really like to introduce her to greek food. She has never had it. what is my best bet to wow my friend into loving greek food? Which restaurant will be the best experience?? (and is Zorba's still good?)

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Zorba's
4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

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  1. If price is no object, then Black Olive is very good and well worth the money. Zorba's is excellent, especially the lamb chops. It's been a while since I've been to Ikaros but I liked it fine.

    Samos is good if you're wanting gyros and souvlaki, but getting a table can be a long process.

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    Samos
    600 Oldham St, Baltimore, MD

    Zorba's
    4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

    Black Olive
    814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

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    1. re: JonParker

      Second Zorba's and Samos. The pitas at the latter are addictive.

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      Zorba's
      4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

      1. re: JonParker

        Samos is great, but as has been said get there early to ensure a quicker table. It's also BYOB.

        1. re: edresner

          I used to love Samos, but at some point the balance of food quality vs. the pain of getting a table tipped over, and I haven't been back since. I guess it also bugs me that the place gets so much love vs. better and more interesting places, like Zorba's.

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          Zorba's
          4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

          1. re: JonParker

            So I was leaning towards Zorba's, but haven't been there in about 4 years...it's really still good?

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            Zorba's
            4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

              1. re: JonParker

                Zorba's is still good. But if the weather is nice, you might want to check out Black Olive in Fells. Can't really go wrong with either. Food is good there too and if she is new in town it is nice place to walk off dinner after.

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                Zorba's
                4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                Black Olive
                814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

                1. re: JamesPapa

                  Not to mention there is a couple places that could be good for dessert in Fells, but you would not go wrong with Baklava and something else Greeky from Zorbas if it is freshly made.

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                  Zorba's
                  4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

            1. re: JonParker

              Jon-Any "can't miss" items at Zorba's?

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              Zorba's
              4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

              1. re: ronandaim

                Lamb Chops are banging. The Home Made Desserts. Baklava is mad good. Marinated Octopus if your feeling wild. Rotisserie Chicken..

                Oh yea, btw, it is GREEK WEEK in B-MORE. Zorba’s has a $16 Greek buffet from Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. until closing. Try lots of items! Call for more details and whatnot. And BO? has a fixed-priced something. My friend just told me this info. Yay, I am heading out tomorrowwwwww

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                Zorba's
                4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                1. re: ronandaim

                  The lamb chops and the grilled octopus. I've had worse lamb chops in far better restaurants. I think Zorba's may be the best I ever had.

                  One of the things that I can't decide is delightful or obnoxious about nearly all Baltimore Greek places is their insistence on serving this dish of canned green beans in canned tomatoes. It's just awful, and they nearly all do it. So avoid that, or get it as one of your sides and don't eat it.

                  A good rule of thumb at Zorba's is that if it comes off the grill it will be good to excellent -- stray from that and you're on your own.

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                  Zorba's
                  4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                  1. re: JonParker

                    I rather enjoy those overcooked green beans!!!

            2. re: JonParker

              Samos's shrimp stick just got mentioned in this story.
              http://www.citysbest.com/baltimore/ne...

              Looks pretty good.

                1. re: jvanderh

                  Lunched at Ikaros today and thought it was excellent. Samos and Zorba's are quite good, but Ikaros knows how to prepare an excellent taramsald and tas kebab. Will check out Acropolis soon to see if they have slipped in light of your post. Do you like Ikaros or not?

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                  Zorba's
                  4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

                  1. re: elgringoviejo

                    Can't recall whether I've been. I work nearby, but have been sticking to the taco joints for lunch after being disappointed so many times with Greek.

                    1. re: elgringoviejo

                      The calamari at Ikaros used to be reliably excellent. Recently, it's been hit or miss for us and we're about to give up. Sometimes it comes out overcooked, sometimes fried in old oil. Quite sad. They still make our favorite tzatziki and eggplant salad.

                      A little bit down the street is a Greek bakery selling fresh bread. That bakery also has imported olive, cheese, and bake their own desserts. Their spanakopita is sometimes fresh. You'll know because it's stored in a refrigerator and cold to the touch when not fresh.

                      1. re: bmorecupcake

                        Fresh bread sounds good, and so does spanakopita. Where's that?

                          1. re: jvanderh

                            Greek Village Bakery
                            4711 Eastern Ave
                            410-675-8155
                            http://www.greekvillagebakery.com/home/

                            Just be on top of your game when getting the spinach pie. The owner will always say "yes, yes, fresh" regardless. Still, it's a very charming little shop.

                            Here's a Google Maps pic:
                            http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4805+Ea...

                          2. re: bmorecupcake

                            We've also experienced that recently with the fried calamari. Never overcooked, but occasionally fried in old oil. A damn shame, 'cause it's really good when the oil is fresh. I think I'll start asking the waitron about how the calamari are before ordering.

                            Ikaros is still one of my two favorite places to get whole fish (the other being the Black Olive).

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                            Black Olive
                            814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

                    2. My husband and I were just at Zorba's this past weekend and were seriously disappointed. All of the food was severly underseasoned and just not very fresh or well prepared. Our fried calamari starter ($10) was so overcooked, it was like eating chewy fried rubberbands with no seasoning. We were tempted to send it back and, in retrospect, should have. The "peasant salad" of chopped cucumber, tomato, and olives ($8?) was just OK; the thick slices of feta cheese on top were delicious, but the vegetables themselves tasted like your average dull hothouse vegetables. The dressing claimed to be homemade, but I had my doubts.

                      For the main, we split the whole grilled fish special, a branzino served with roasted potatoes and tomato-braised green beans ($23.95). This was the most disappointing of all---the fish had almost no seasoning whatsoever. I could have sworn it was cooked from frozen, because the flesh had none of that succulent sweetness or actual flavor you'd expect from a fresh whole fish. In general, all of the food was coated in a slick of oil instead of being seasoned with any kind of herb, spice, or salt. And I recognize that American Greek food is not always robustly seasoned, but this was ridiculously bland.

                      The off-dry Greek white wine (there was no wine list so we went with the only "Greek white" option the waitress offered) was fine but nothing I'd return for.

                      And the service? It was no better than the food. Our server was well-meaning but very inattentive. We had to ask for water, pile our plates to be cleared, etc. She didn't even come to check on us or inquire about the food during our meal. We're not high-maintenance diners, but I've had much better, fresher seafood prepared and served with more care elsewhere. I won't return and would not recommend Zorba's to anyone.

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                      Zorba's
                      4710 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224