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By Bruce Friedland | September 28, 1991
Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park across from Dawson's. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Call 544-1416.In addition to fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and low-fat dairy products, any sensible diet, in my estimation, must include the fifth basic food group, the cheese steak sub.We're talking steaming hot chopped steak from the grill, smothered with fried onions, dripping with provolone, dressed with sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and oil and vinegar, all on a sub roll whose sole function is to hold everything together without getting in the way.Jeno's Steaks has such a sandwich, in the grand and geographically correct tradition of "south Philly."
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, Special To The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
If close proximity to a great pizza joint doesn't raise property values, it should. Good pizza makes a neighborhood eminently more livable. Fortunately for the people living in and around Govans, in northern Baltimore City, Toss is a great pizza joint. The decor is bare bones and the service is casual, as befits a pizza place, but the food is terrific. Toss's owners, Cem Ari and Murat Mercan, understand the potential that pizza, served in a welcoming space, has for a neighborhood.
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By Laura Rottenberg and Laura Rottenberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 3, 1997
The heel of the boot that is Italy dips gingerly into the Ionian Sea, a sea that in turn laps against the shores of western Greece. This is a highfalutin introduction to a simple observation: Italian and Greek food are two great tastes that go great together.This concept is not lost on George and Rose Minas or Jimmy Minadakis, who reopened this old Highlandtown favorite last fall. Illona used to be a comfortable anomaly in Greektown, serving big portions of hearty Italian-American fare. It closed last January after the owner died.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Baltimore Greek Week is coming back. The second annual celebration of Greek history, culture and food is scheduled to run from March 18-25. This year's theme is "The Mediterranean Diet : A Greek Journey Through Food. " Throughout the eight day event , some 20 area restaurants will participate by offering discounts and special menu items, along with special events like wine tastings, lectures and movie screenings. The grand finale of Greek Week, presented by the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee, is the annual Greek Independence Day parade on March 25. Highlights of the festival include the following: Zorba's in Greektown will feature a special $29.51 Greek platter from March 18-25, with grilled pork, grilled lamb chops, grilled octopus, Greek salad, Zorba's salad and some surprises.
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By Mary Maushard | November 17, 1990
MARINO'S, Belvedere Gardens Shopping Center, 5814 Hillen Road, 532-6166. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.In search of a quick lunch, my husband wandered into Marino's one noon and found the Italian Cheese Steak much better than he had expected. Hey, this isn't Philly, but it was a good, if atypical, cheese steak.On a return visit, we tried a variety of other fare offered by this corner eatery, in a shopping center hidden from Belvedere Avenue by apartment buildings.
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By Laura Rottenberg and Laura Rottenberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 26, 1997
The name is Dimitri's. Greek, right? The menu cover urges, "Come with us for a taste of Athens." The dining room sports a couple of huge murals of seaside villages awash in the pale turquoise color that is always used to depict the Aegean Sea.So this is a Greek restaurant, correct? Not so fast. Dimitri's is the kind of Baltimore dining spot where you can order mozzarella sticks, a Greek salad or a gravy-laden plate of sour beef and dumplings, Hon. It has sat on busy Frederick Road in Catonsville for exactly 35 years and, judging from the satisfied customers at our recent visit, will probably stick around another 35 or so.It takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the dimness in Dimitri's dining room.
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By Laura Rottenberg and Laura Rottenberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 27, 1997
I relished the opportunity to review a new Greektown joint called Souvlaki, since souvlaki is my very favorite Greek specialty. Meat (often lamb or chicken) is marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and other seasonings, then skewered and grilled.Sometimes the skewers will be crowded with onion and green pepper as well, and often the whole thing will be de-skewered and tucked into warm pita. Smother a souvlaki with tzatziki, a tangy yogurt sauce spiked with cucumber and onion, and you're in Hellenic heaven.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 11, 2005
In retrospect, I wish we had ordered the Italian stromboli at Zorba's, mainly for the reaction the enormous concoction would have received from the boys back home. While we were waiting for our carryout order at the Hamilton eatery, a patron ordered the Italian sausage stromboli, and her server apologized for the way it overshot the plate. He explained that he had tried to make it smaller, but the dough just puffed up. It was one of those entertaining moments that add a little extra to the day. We did not have to wait that long for our order, thanks to a small army that was hard at work in the kitchen at 6:30 on a recent Monday night.
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By Phyllis Brill | October 20, 1990
REAL PIZZA CARRYOUT, 8841 Belair Road, Perry Hall. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Phone: 256-0220.Don't let the name mislead you; this little carryout tucked into a tiny strip of shops has more than real pizza to go. There are real soups and salads, real pastas, real Italian baked specialties, real hoagies in three sizes (6-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch) and some real tasty side dishes.We had a variety of appetites in tow the night we dropped in, so we tasted a little bit of everything.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Baltimore Greek Week is coming back. The second annual celebration of Greek history, culture and food is scheduled to run from March 18-25. This year's theme is "The Mediterranean Diet : A Greek Journey Through Food. " Throughout the eight day event , some 20 area restaurants will participate by offering discounts and special menu items, along with special events like wine tastings, lectures and movie screenings. The grand finale of Greek Week, presented by the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee, is the annual Greek Independence Day parade on March 25. Highlights of the festival include the following: Zorba's in Greektown will feature a special $29.51 Greek platter from March 18-25, with grilled pork, grilled lamb chops, grilled octopus, Greek salad, Zorba's salad and some surprises.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 11, 2005
In retrospect, I wish we had ordered the Italian stromboli at Zorba's, mainly for the reaction the enormous concoction would have received from the boys back home. While we were waiting for our carryout order at the Hamilton eatery, a patron ordered the Italian sausage stromboli, and her server apologized for the way it overshot the plate. He explained that he had tried to make it smaller, but the dough just puffed up. It was one of those entertaining moments that add a little extra to the day. We did not have to wait that long for our order, thanks to a small army that was hard at work in the kitchen at 6:30 on a recent Monday night.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 5, 2005
Take a quick look at Giorgio's Restaurant & Carryout and you might see just one more no-frills pizza/sub/souvlaki place. But take a second look and you'll see a place with a lot of pride in its food and a good rapport with customers. In sum, a very solid carryout. There are several Giorgio's around town. This one is in the Hillendale Shopping Center, off Loch Raven Boulevard, east of Towson. In its 13th year, Giorgio's has an inviting feel, thanks to some colorful neon in the window and a garlic smell that greets you warmly.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 15, 2003
There's nothing like a brand-new carryout restaurant to get the heart racing with excitement. Could this be the one? The place with the extra-special gyro or meatball sub? That's what I was thinking as I ventured into the Athena One Restaurant and Carry Out in Canton. Open for only two months, the Athena One is decorated with paintings of Greece with lots of pale blue and white. In a fitting East Baltimore touch, there are also two video poker machines (for amusement only, the sign reminds us)
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 2, 2003
When it opened nearly a decade ago with its high-end design and gourmet-to-go offerings, the Glasz Cafe fairly shimmered in the culinarily-challenged area around North Baltimore. Well, Glasz is still churning out the panini on Falls Road and remains one of the chicest-looking carryouts you'll run across, with lots of contemporary metallic accents and groovy light fixtures. No little Italian chef statue in the window here, my friends. Things have been toned down just a bit after all these years.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 16, 2003
The walls of the newly opened Greek Taverna II Family Restaurant are painted a pretty sky blue, no doubt reminiscent of the waters of the Aegean or the sky over the Greek islands. The restaurant, sister to the Greek Taverna in Silver Spring, occupies a space once held by a barbecue restaurant in the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia. On the blue walls are paintings of Greek scenes and a few posters, while Greek music plays on the speakers. There are several tables and a full-service bar where you can wait for your carryout order.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 29, 2003
The Greek Village name can be found on several small restaurants scattered around Baltimore. I'm not sure how they're all related, but the one in Owings Mills is an independent operation. It sits in the Painters Mill Shopping Center on a busy stretch of Reisterstown Road and promises a small dose of good Greek eating in the far-flung suburbs. Alas, the promise evaporated during a recent visit. The long menu had little in the way of Greek food but plenty of routine carryout staples -- cheese steaks, cold-cut subs, etc. I'm certainly not opposed to such offerings, but the Greek Village's versions were consistently mediocre.
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By Chris Kaltenbach It takes more than a rub to make a massage | August 26, 1992
Some things you see in Anne Arundel are just too hard to 0) believeI don't believe Bill Clinton didn't inhale. I don't believe Dan Quayle, period. I don't believe the Mets won the '69 Series. I don't believe Annapolis would fall into the sea if a Spider-Man sign were allowed to survive. I don't believe anyone could turn down a Chesapeake Bay blue crab -- or eat sauerkraut.A lot of things I don't believe. And lately, it seems the more I drive around Anne Arundel County, the longer the list becomes.
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By Mary Maushard | September 5, 1991
''Are the mashed potatoes real or instant?'' my husband asked.''Fake,'' the waitress answered, looking him in the eye. ''But with gravy it's hard to tell the difference.''How's that for honesty?''If you don't like them,'' she added, ''let me know and I'll bring you something else.''It was Tuesday night, the end of a difficult day for my husband and I. We had met at Perring Place to relax over a drink, have supper and share the day's hassles.We weren't looking for gourmet food; we were looking for comfort food.
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By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 8, 2003
The Olympia Pizzeria has been around for many years, firmly implanting itself in the commercial life of the York Road corridor in Lutherville. There is nothing fancy about what happens there, but the Olympia long ago mastered the craft of quick, competent carryout. Photographs on the wall depict some of the many kids' softball and soccer teams the restaurant has sponsored over the years. There are also fun pictures of Grecian scenes and a nude Greek statue, as well as a nice collection of Olympics posters in the back.
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By Jody Vilschick and Jody Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 8, 2001
Just opened Jan. 22, the Mega*Bytes restaurant in Columbia has attitude. It consciously strives to bridge the digital cultural divide between serving food and the high-tech businesses it has for neighbors offering open, industrial-style decor and an eclectic menu. "We open early for people who want a quick bite for breakfast," says Mike Strati, part of the Hunter's Lodge Group, which owns Mega*Bytes. "And we stay open until 7 for people who have to work late and want to grab something decent to eat."
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