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Gems in Baltimore

We are in Baltimore at least five times a year and would like to discover new restaurant finds that are people go back to time after time

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  1. Make a trek to Zorba's on Eastern Avenue in Greektown.
    Not fancy but great lamb chops!!!

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    1. re: Hue

      Not to yuck your yum (sorry), but we had crappy, bland food there. And quite overpriced.

        1. re: curioussheridan

          We did. And grilled fish. Totally underwhelmed. And this was not a matter of being unfamiliar with Greek food, either DC "big city" style or home cooking. It just wasn't well made.

        2. re: ChristinaMason

          A common knock on Greek food is 'oily and bland', and I have to agree that Zorba's was about on par with that, including the grilled lamb. This is not as zesty as what you'd find in Astoria or a relatively fancy place like Kapnos in DC.

          1. re: Steve

            Is that a common knock on Greek food? I've never heard that, I eat a lot of it and I've been to Greece.

          2. re: ChristinaMason

            Maybe bland, but I did not think overpriced. Zorba's is worth a visit for the grilled octopus.

            1. re: jfish

              There was plenty of food, but I felt the quality of food for the $$ was lacking.

        3. Fresh catfish, slow beef ribs, spicy Cajun shrimp and grits, and red velvet waffles-- time to go back to Herb and Soul again~!

          1. Don't know what's "new" to you, but two places I like a lot are Peter's Inn in Fells Point and Of Love and Regret in Canton. Had some great beers (and was told food is good) at Alewife on Eutaw. Have heard good things about recently opened Bottega (Station North) but have not been.

            1. LP Steamers in Locust Point and Ryleigh's Oyster House in Federal Hill are two of my regular spots. Also like Thames Street Oyster House and the afore-mentioned Peter's Inn in Fells Point.

              1. My favorite place by a long mile is Hersh's Pizza and Drinks. Great things like homemade ricotta, pasta, and gelato on the menu: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013...

                Another goodie is Live2Eat. The food is good, although one dish I had was seriously oversalted. It's a small operation and quite charming. http://www.yelp.com/biz/live2eat-balt...

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                1. re: ChristinaMason

                  Was at Hersh's Pizza last night and was disappointed. Bean and greens soup that tasted as if made with water, brisket meatballs that tasted like little Italy, uninteresting cheese plate. The spicy Visuvious liquid cocolate cake with chili however was tremendous

                  1. re: curioussheridan

                    Haven't had the items you mention, but the pizza at Hersh's is excellent.

                    1. re: curioussheridan

                      Oh no! That sucks; sorry your experience wasn't so great. I have never had the meat mains, but they always sound good, at least. I think pasta and some of the other items I mentioned are the way to go there. Desserts are good, agreed.

                    2. re: ChristinaMason

                      Verde is new-ish and another great place for pizza. I also like their "calzones" (in quotes because I think they call it something else.)