There’s a reason most take out joints only have a seat or two, it’s cause the food's so bad they want to get you out of there ASAP before you taste it! But then there’s the select few where the food blows you away and rises far above the take out realm. It’s food that deserves to be served in a finer restaurant. These finds, that serve awesome food at such reasonable prices, are gems.
Who could pass up an invite to go witness the filming of the show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri and even get a chance to meet him and be on TV? My fun and talented neighbor Marc (he's also an artist/musician) is part owner and operator of the popular Boulevard Diner in Dundalk. It's a super cool retro diner built on the location of Marc's grandfathers' original restaurant, The House of Neptune (sounds like it could be on Sponge Bob, Square Pants). It's the most upscale diner I have ever been in with shiny stainless steel everywhere, upholstered booth seats, and a large
I lived in London when I was little. Traditional English food is atrocious (jellied eels...), so we ate at ethnic restaurants -- especially Greek. (Sadly, the owner/chef of our favorite suddenly became a barber and the place literally changed overnight - true story). So, I think I'm a pretty experienced Moussaka eater.
After trying a couple of spots in Baltimore we became loyal fans of Samos just off Eastern Ave. in Greektown. It's a consistent "Best Of" winner and rightly so. It's always packed, so bring some patience, beer/wine and cash (no credit cards however there's a little ATM machine next to--not in--the ladies room!). Make sure you sign in when you arrive and then review the menu or chat with the other's waiting to pass the time.
The food is awesome and the waitresses are hardworking and personable. Our menu favorites are the Trio Sampler of the dips (hummus, tzatziki and my personal favorite taramosalata), the delicious soft pita bread that tastes