Great Plates of Late Around South Baltimore

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments


Samos Greek Island Grill, the casual spinoff of Greektown favorite Samos Restaurant, opened its second location late last year at McHenry Row. Samos offers an array of fast-casual Greek favorites like gyros and pita wraps, spanikopita, spreads, salads, soups, and desserts.

Recently we got a large to-go order including a sliced gyro, a chicken pita wrap, the spicy feta spread with grilled pita wedges, and a cup of the Avgolemeno soup (a Greek lemon egg chicken soup). Everything was delicious, the prices were very reasonable, and the service was quick and friendly. Pro tip: keep a stash of the spicy feta dip in your fridge at all times.


Big Jim’s Deli 

Big Jim’s is a classic deli where you are sure to run into someone you know from the neighborhood. With the upcoming renovation of the Cross Street Market, we certainly hope owner Anna Epsilantis and the team at Big Jim’s continue to be a part of the Federal Hill community for a long time.

On a recent trip we ordered a reuben with a Chesapeake Lager from Key Brewing, which is owned by South Baltimore residents. The reuben was just right with the corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss, and mustard, which I substituted for Russian dressing, melting together on Jewish rye bread. It hit the spot.

Southside Diner 

Diners are a great place for comfort food and Southside Diner certainly fits that bill. On a recent trip, I ordered the open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy, a side of fries also topped with gravy, and apple sauce. It was hard to find the sandwich under all the gravy, which was savory and delicious, as was everything underneath. It was a very satisfying meal.


Wayward brings an exciting new menu to the former C&R Pub with a focus on smoked meats and southern-inspired dishes. The menu has a lot of tempting options but we went with the grilled cornbread with pimento cheese and charred scallion, and the Americano sandwich with rosemary parmesan fries.

The cornbread was a great take on a BBQ classic, and the sandwich was an incredible amount of food with smoked brisket, cured ham, pork belly, beer mustard, house pickles, and gouda. It’s a beast and very good. You’ll likely have leftovers to enjoy the next day.

Das Bier Haus

From the pretzels, poutine, potato pancakes, and German entrées, Das Bier Haus serves so many great plates that go well with its German beers. Another great side is the sauerkraut balls, which are sauerkraut and mashed potatoes lightly fried and served with the sauce of your choice (there are many to choose from). They provide a great mix of sour and savory that goes well with a liter of Dunkel or Hefeweizen.

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