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By Anne Marie Weiss and Anne Marie Weiss,Dallas Morning News Universal Press Syndicate | January 31, 1993
Mezze" -- an array of small appetizers served on miniature oval trays -- is the most famous feature of the lavish Middle Eastern kitchen.Today, mezze is so popular that even mainstream restaurants in New York and Los Angeles list it among their regular hors d'oeuvres.In Baltimore, mezze is found mainly in Middle Eastern restaurants. But elements of mezze -- stuffed grape leaves, hummus and other specialties -- are easy to find at gourmet takeout counters and in Middle Eastern specialty shops.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
The owners of Cava Mezze, a Washington-based group of informal Greek restaurants, have signed a lease for their first Baltimore location. Cava Mezze will open in the Hyatt Place Hotel, a $24.4 million construction project just underway at the intersection of Fleet Street and Central Avenue in the Harbor East area. The project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Friends Ike Grigoropoulos and Ted Xenohristos, along with chef Dimitri Moshovitis, opened the first Cave Mezze in a Rockville strip mall in 2006 They added a Capital Hill location in 2009 and a third one in Clarendon, Va., in 2011.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | March 23, 2008
Damon Hersh, the new executive chef of Kali's Court and Mezze in Fells Point, is one of the lucky ones. Although he didn't plan to make cooking his life's work, it's what he loves to do. "The job is difficult, but it rings a bell in my soul," he says. "I love creating and sharing with other people one of their most basic needs, food - and doing it in a way that makes it more than basic." Hersh, 39, is best known to Baltimoreans as the chef who opened Louisiana, another Fells Point restaurant, to almost instant acclaim.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Tangier's is an oasis. It's a new restaurant in Canton offering flavorful Moroccan dishes in a tasteful setting. The soothing orange and brown walls, dark tile table tops — this space was formerly Meridian 54 and, before that, Red Fish — combine to take you away from the hot summer clime of Baltimore into a cool, sheltered spot. The food, traditional Moroccan dishes drawn from the recipes of relatives of chef Alan Suissa, is exceptional. Dine here, and you're not in Canton anymore.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | May 18, 2008
Food *** (3 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere *** (3 stars) Naming your restaurant after one ingredient can be a dangerous thing. As appealing as it might seem, it does limit the chef unless the ingredient is something commonly used in both sweet and savory dishes, such as, say, butter. Vasilios Keramidas and the Kali's Restaurant Group decided to take the chance. But when they opened their patisserie and bistro to complement their fine dining and midprice options (Kali's Court and Mezze)
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Tangier's is an oasis. It's a new restaurant in Canton offering flavorful Moroccan dishes in a tasteful setting. The soothing orange and brown walls, dark tile table tops — this space was formerly Meridian 54 and, before that, Red Fish — combine to take you away from the hot summer clime of Baltimore into a cool, sheltered spot. The food, traditional Moroccan dishes drawn from the recipes of relatives of chef Alan Suissa, is exceptional. Dine here, and you're not in Canton anymore.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | January 9, 2008
Amid all the hoopla surrounding the opening of the Park Place complex in Annapolis and its several high-profile restaurants, one old favorite nearby has quietly reopened after being closed for almost six months for renovation. Paul's Homewood Cafe (919 West St., 410-267-7891), which has been owned by the same family since it opened in 1949, has had a $1 million facelift that added a mezzanine and parking and doubled the number of seats. The whole building was gutted, says one of the owners, Anna Marriott, but "we kept the same feel," including returning the original lunch counter to its proper place.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | November 25, 2009
Maybe the current popularity of tapas and small plates has nothing to do with the recession, but it feels that way. It was a trend that I thought was past its peak, but now there's been a resurgence. I'm fascinated by the fact that the savvy restaurateurs involved with the Kali's Restaurant Group now have a second small plates restaurant just a block or two away from its popular Mezze tapas bar in Fells Point. Tapas Adela (814 S. Broadway, 410-534-6262) opened recently where the Petticoat Tearoom was, next to the Admiral Fell Inn. Here you'll find traditional Spanish tapas, not the mix of cuisines other small plates restaurants in the area offer.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
The owners of Cava Mezze, a Washington-based group of informal Greek restaurants, have signed a lease for their first Baltimore location. Cava Mezze will open in the Hyatt Place Hotel, a $24.4 million construction project just underway at the intersection of Fleet Street and Central Avenue in the Harbor East area. The project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Friends Ike Grigoropoulos and Ted Xenohristos, along with chef Dimitri Moshovitis, opened the first Cave Mezze in a Rockville strip mall in 2006 They added a Capital Hill location in 2009 and a third one in Clarendon, Va., in 2011.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 10, 2003
In case you've missed the fact that Fells Point is one happening place, check out its newest hip eating place. Kali's Court Mezze has just opened -- you guessed it -- next door to Kali's Court Restaurant. But, owners Vasili Keramidas, Karen Patten and Eric Losin have made Mezze a contrast to the airy traditional fine dining feel of Kali's. Keramidas says this time they were going for "contemporary and fun." Mezze pops with Mediterranean colors and curves that suggest sea and sand. Walls are turquoise and butterscotch.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | November 25, 2009
Maybe the current popularity of tapas and small plates has nothing to do with the recession, but it feels that way. It was a trend that I thought was past its peak, but now there's been a resurgence. I'm fascinated by the fact that the savvy restaurateurs involved with the Kali's Restaurant Group now have a second small plates restaurant just a block or two away from its popular Mezze tapas bar in Fells Point. Tapas Adela (814 S. Broadway, 410-534-6262) opened recently where the Petticoat Tearoom was, next to the Admiral Fell Inn. Here you'll find traditional Spanish tapas, not the mix of cuisines other small plates restaurants in the area offer.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | May 18, 2008
Food *** (3 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere *** (3 stars) Naming your restaurant after one ingredient can be a dangerous thing. As appealing as it might seem, it does limit the chef unless the ingredient is something commonly used in both sweet and savory dishes, such as, say, butter. Vasilios Keramidas and the Kali's Restaurant Group decided to take the chance. But when they opened their patisserie and bistro to complement their fine dining and midprice options (Kali's Court and Mezze)
NEWS
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | March 23, 2008
Damon Hersh, the new executive chef of Kali's Court and Mezze in Fells Point, is one of the lucky ones. Although he didn't plan to make cooking his life's work, it's what he loves to do. "The job is difficult, but it rings a bell in my soul," he says. "I love creating and sharing with other people one of their most basic needs, food - and doing it in a way that makes it more than basic." Hersh, 39, is best known to Baltimoreans as the chef who opened Louisiana, another Fells Point restaurant, to almost instant acclaim.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH LARGE | January 9, 2008
Amid all the hoopla surrounding the opening of the Park Place complex in Annapolis and its several high-profile restaurants, one old favorite nearby has quietly reopened after being closed for almost six months for renovation. Paul's Homewood Cafe (919 West St., 410-267-7891), which has been owned by the same family since it opened in 1949, has had a $1 million facelift that added a mezzanine and parking and doubled the number of seats. The whole building was gutted, says one of the owners, Anna Marriott, but "we kept the same feel," including returning the original lunch counter to its proper place.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | August 31, 2003
Translate mezze as appetizer; that's close enough. Kali's Court, the popular Greek seafood restaurant in Fells Point, translates mezze as appetizers and anything else you might eat that fits on a small plate, from baby lamb chops to apple strudel. Kali's Court is one of the few restaurants in Fells Point with a dress code that's more strict than "shirts and shoes must be worn." (I've heard a couple of complaints that you can't eat there in shorts.) So it doesn't surprise me that when the owners decided to expand, they opened a casual place adjacent to the main restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 10, 2003
In case you've missed the fact that Fells Point is one happening place, check out its newest hip eating place. Kali's Court Mezze has just opened -- you guessed it -- next door to Kali's Court Restaurant. But, owners Vasili Keramidas, Karen Patten and Eric Losin have made Mezze a contrast to the airy traditional fine dining feel of Kali's. Keramidas says this time they were going for "contemporary and fun." Mezze pops with Mediterranean colors and curves that suggest sea and sand. Walls are turquoise and butterscotch.
NEWS
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | August 31, 2003
Translate mezze as appetizer; that's close enough. Kali's Court, the popular Greek seafood restaurant in Fells Point, translates mezze as appetizers and anything else you might eat that fits on a small plate, from baby lamb chops to apple strudel. Kali's Court is one of the few restaurants in Fells Point with a dress code that's more strict than "shirts and shoes must be worn." (I've heard a couple of complaints that you can't eat there in shorts.) So it doesn't surprise me that when the owners decided to expand, they opened a casual place adjacent to the main restaurant.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | May 16, 2007
Raw or steamed, squid has little appeal to us. But bread and fry it, and we're big fans. We ordered fried calamari from four area restaurants. Here's what turned up. Mezze 1606 Thames St., Baltimore -- 410-563-7600 Hours --5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily Restaurant's estimate --10-15 minutes Ready in --11 minutes Presentation beat out substance with this order, $9.40. With pecorino cheese, garlic sauce, chopped tomatoes and lettuce, it looked the prettiest. But there was only about half as much calamari as in the other orders.
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By Anne Marie Weiss and Anne Marie Weiss,Dallas Morning News Universal Press Syndicate | January 31, 1993
Mezze" -- an array of small appetizers served on miniature oval trays -- is the most famous feature of the lavish Middle Eastern kitchen.Today, mezze is so popular that even mainstream restaurants in New York and Los Angeles list it among their regular hors d'oeuvres.In Baltimore, mezze is found mainly in Middle Eastern restaurants. But elements of mezze -- stuffed grape leaves, hummus and other specialties -- are easy to find at gourmet takeout counters and in Middle Eastern specialty shops.
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