Four Chowhounds got together to enjoy Samos, the Baltimore Greektown stalwart serving dolmades and saganaki with a smile.
Although we've got plenty of good food in the DC area, there are some categories that we completely lack, and Samos is a great example. Oh sure we have upscale Greek, but not a family palce that really cares about what they serve.
We started with a trio of dips including taramosalata, eggplant, and tapenade. The tapenade had bits of feta in it. Nice. We then went on to four mezze: vegetarian dolmades, saganaki, sausages, and grilled octopus. We finished with a whole branzino. For me the highlights were the saganaki, the sausages, and the branzino. The fish skin was cooked to a crisp and had a pronounced herb and lemon flavor that was ideal. This is a perfect example of why ordering a whole fish is special. Everyhting else was at least very good, and the octopus was super tender with a nice char.
Samos is a treasure.