I went to Samos for lunch yesterday, having gone only once before for dinner. It's such a great place! There were five of us at the busiest time of the lunch rush and everyone working there was so friendly, eager to refill water glasses and make sure we had everything we needed, and the food came out very quickly.
One of the things I remembered about my last visit was how fresh everything was and this held true on yesterday's visit as well. We all split the appetizer platter, which has eggplant dip (sort of a chunky version of baba ghanouj with less smokiness and no tahini -- very good), taramosalata (too salty for me), hunks of feta with really fresh and delicious wedges of tomato, tzatsiki (the hit of the table), an olive caper relish, and a red pepper puree. The pita served with comes warmed (I think they toast it slightly on the griddle because it's a little oily). The only thing that would be nice as an addition would be some of their homemade dolmades, but hey --they're cheap enough that if you want an order to split, it won't break the bank.
Four of us got some sort of pita sandwich: gyro, chicken souvlaki, fried shrimp pita sandwich which disappeared in about 5 minutes, and for me, the lamb souvlaki. Big hunks of really tender lamb with sliced onions, tomatoes, and some of that really delicious tzatsiki. It was so fresh and flavorful that I could have had the exact same meal for dinner (I guess at $4.95 a sandwich I could have rationalized the expenditure)! My friend's Greek salad was enormous and she again remarked on the freshness of the ingredients, and the feta was really nice -- not too salty with a nice, almost creamy consistency that I enjoyed. I look forward to going again for dinner. It's a BYOB establishment, and the dinner menu is pretty reasonably priced for the enormous amount of food you get, making it an affordable option. I really like the atmosphere at Samos -- bustling, friendly, and full of all different kinds of diners. For all of the mediocre Greek restaurants in Baltimore, this one is a cut above the rest and worth the trip.
600 Oldham Street off of Eastern Ave.
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