In Baltimore’s Greektown there are an abundance of choices for a tasty meal. When dining out for Greek food, the only problem is choosing where to go!

On a recent weeknight I had the pleasure of enjoying quite the meal from Samos. Nestled away on a corner of Oldham Street, just a block or so off of bustling Eastern Avenue, this quiet gem is just the place to settle in for a warm meal in an inviting atmosphere.

The cozy ambiance of this little restaurant is perfect on a chilly Baltimore night and the friendly service makes it even more welcoming.

Samos’ menu serves up all the Greek classics, and while I love a big plate of comforting moussaka, or to slice into some tender lamb chops, I decided to enjoy a sampling of a variety of their offerings. Their “Pekilia” platter allows you to do just this. With spanakopita, dolmades, greek salad, a chicken skewer, roasted potatoes and gyro meat, this is a tour of some of the best meats and appetizers all on one plate. Roasted vegetables and pita bread round out the platter.

Before diving into this incredible entree dish, I opted to try a bowl of their Avgolemono. A thick, lemony soup, this is the Greek answer to Mom’s chicken noodle soup. Hearty, yet with a freshness only lemon can impart, this soup is a serious winter warmer. I was sad to see the bottom of my bowl.

The Pekilia platter was impressive in its array of choice, and each bite was just as good, or better, than the last. Roasted vegetables were hearty and comforting, spanakopita was perfectly flaky on the outside with the rich feta, spinach, and herb filling, and the meats were cooked just right. An appropriately tangy tzatziki is served with the dish as well, and complements the meats as well as acting as a fresh dip for the pita.

Judging by the awards that Samos has received from a number of local publications, it’s clear I am not the only one impressed with this homey corner restaurant in Greektown. A further testament to their success is their newly opened sister restaurant, Samos Greek Island Grill in Canton Crossing on Boston Street.

Check out all that Samos has to offer on their website at: http://www.samosrestaurant.com/ or their sister restaurant’s website: http://samosgig.com/.

Two important tips to remember: the original Samos location is a) a cash-only establishment and b) BYOB, so bring your favorite beer or wine, should you choose, to enjoy with your meal!

Check out either location for some of the best Greek food in Baltimore!

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