Just back from a week in Baltimore with these observations.
I had crab cakes three times, all good. (Are there really any bad crab cakes to be had in Baltimore?) I might give the edge to Faidley's, but that would be splitting hairs. Duda's Tavern has a very nice crab cake platter. I'd drop by regularly to try other things if I lived in Baltimore. The Windsor Inn on Windsor Mill Road just west of 695 is an old-fashioned family restaurant that serves a delicious broiled crab cake. It's a little less expensive, too.
There's no question that Samos is not only a place to go regularly if you can, it's a place to go if you're visiting Baltimore and want to make every meal count. (The rest of the city seems to realize this. Luckily, I went early in the week and at an early hour.) The Greek salad was perhaps the best I've had - great dressing, served with pita bread. I ordered the combo platter with dolmades, souvlaki, gyro, spinach pie and roasted vegetables. If there's a mob of people waiting out on the sidewalk for a table at Samos, you might walk the block back to Eastern Avenue and try Ikaros. It's not quite the hot spot that Samos is, but very good. The greeting that many of the customers receive from the owner suggests a loyal following. I had the Greek salad and the leg of lamb.
Despite the fact that the Ambassador Dining Room gets the nod for best Indian, I returned to Akbar and wasn't disappointed. Well, ok, I didn't like their rendition of mulligatawny soup very much, but I did like the lamb bhuna. I went up the street to try a beer at Brewer's Art. Not impressed with the the Proletary dark ale.
Mama's on the Half Shell was very crowded when I got there. I squeezed in to the bar for a beer and a half dozen oysters, then beat it. Looks like a good place to go with a larger group if you can get a table. It seems like a party restaurant.
I sought out Andy Nelson's to try some pulled pork. Very good. Love the mustard based sauce. I also tried a pit beef sandwich at Pioneer - a small stand out on Rolling Road (west of 695) near 70. Worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood.
And if you're in the neighborhood, stop at Louise's Bakery in Woodlawn. It's an old-fashioned bakery with ladies making sweet rolls in the back. You can buy an almond crescent for 60 cents.