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Greek Village of Baltimore
7308 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-282-1700

 

Article & Photos by Allison McAlister

Yes, the restaurants name is Greek Village, but don't let that fool you. While they serve up some really delicious authentic Greek dishes, you'll also find plenty of your American favorites on the menu as well, as my coworkers and I discovered when we visited for lunch recently. Owners Jimmy and Yvonne, who opened the restaurant over 30 years ago, treated us to quite the smorgasbord, so we could sample several of the tasty offerings on their extensive menu. From traditional Greek fare like gyros, souvlaki and pastitsio to good old American fried chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta, Greek Village has something for everyone. We started our meal with a traditional Greek soup called Avgolemono, something I had never heard of before. Only one of my coworkers, who is of Greek descent, was familiar with this lemon, egg and orzo soup. Warm, rich and lemony, this soup was really very good though different from any soup I've had before. Unique and flavorful, this one will warm you right up on a cold day. If you're not quite so adventurous, the restaurant features five different homemade soups daily, such as the familiar Maryland Crab, Cream of Crab and Chicken Noodle. Next came the Greek salad, a delightful mix of fresh salad greens, huge hunks of feta cheese, not-too-spicy pepperoncini, pitted kalamata olives and mixed garden vegetables with the house dressing. Superb! I love Greek salad, as did everyone else at the table. We especially liked the fact that the olives in the salad were pitted, which just makes for easier eating. I like this salad so much! one coworker exclaimed, as she went back for seconds. Then came all the main dishes, and there were a lot. Let me start with the Greek dishes first. We were brought out a gyro, made from a combination of beef and lamb, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce wrapped in a pita. If you are unfamiliar with tzatziki sauce, its best described as a white yogurt cucumber sauce. Its absolutely scrumptious! We also tried the chicken souvlaki and the pork souvlaki, which are both basically the same as a gyro, but with chicken breast and pork tenderloin. All three were spectacular! The tender meat combined with the tomatoes and onions and the awesomely flavorful tzatziki sauce all rolled into a soft warm pita will have your taste buds rejoicing. We also had the Spinach Pie, which is baked fresh on the premises. Its a blend of spinach, onions, eggs, tangy feta cheese and herbs baked in a flaky phyllo pastry, and its so delicious, even if you're not a fan of spinach. I don't even like spinach, but I like this! one of my coworkers revealed. Another traditional Greek food we sampled was the Pastitsio, also made from scratch. Described as layers of macaroni with ground beef and topped with a creamy bechamel sauce, one coworker said it was like lasagna on steroids. We thought we detected nutmeg, as the dish has a hint of sweetness to it. This one was gobbled up rather quickly. All of the Greek fare we sampled were very authentic. One coworker noted, Everything has its own unique, fresh taste. If you enjoy traditional Greek food, you'll love the Greek dishes here. But maybe you're not a fan of Greek dishes and that's perfectly fine too, because Greek Village has you covered. One of their most popular sellers is their crab cake. After we quickly devoured the two they brought to our table, we can certainly see why. First of all, we encountered nary a shell, which is a characteristic of utmost importance in a crab cake, in our opinion. And second, this crab cake doesn't taste like your normal, everyday crab cake you'd get from your local seafood restaurant. There was something different about this crab cake. Yes, it has pimento in it, we could see that... but it was something else. Some spice perhaps that gives the crab cake a really nice sweetness. It was absolutely delicious. When I questioned Yvonne about it, she was tightlipped. Whatever the secret ingredient may be, it really makes this crab cake one-of-a-kind. Yum! Greek Village also offers a huge selection of sandwiches and subs. We tried both the Cheese Steak and the Italian Cold Cut subs. Both were extremely tasty. One coworker described the Cheese Steak as awesome, really meaty and the steak is delicious. The Italian Cold Cut was so flavorful, packed full of meats and cheese. I even had it leftover the next day and it was still just as scrumptious. We also sampled something most everyone enjoys - fried chicken and French fries. The fries were really good, as they were seasoned which I love. The fried chicken was very tasty as well. Tastes like good old American fried chicken! one coworker said. Of course, we couldn't leave without trying a couple of their desserts - the homemade Rice Pudding and the homemade Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Oh my goodness. Both of these sweet treats were incredibly scrumptious. The rice pudding in all its cold, creamy goodness was quite yummy. And the bread pudding? Off the hook. One coworker summed it up best, This is ridiculously good. Actually, that one statement could describe our whole meal at Greek Village. We were so impressed we brought back a take-out menu so we can order lunch in the near future. And I'm taking my family for the mouthwatering gyros they thought were only available from the street vendors in New York City. Greek Village of Baltimore is truly a great find! Located at 7308 Eastern Avenue, Greek Village of Baltimore is open Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays. In addition to daily specials, breakfast is served all day. For more information, call 410-282-1700. For this weeks specials, see their ad on page 29.


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