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Best Greek Restaurant

Ikaros

4805 Eastern Ave., 633-3750

Posted 9/18/1996

Of East Baltimore’s Greek restaurants, Ikaros is the one that gets all the attention, but the fried calamari alone warrants it. Still, there’s more. There’s something about walking in and being welcomed by a portrait of the man himself, the legendary Icarus, plunging into the sea after losing his wings as a result of flying too close to the sun. (Most other artwork is limited to travel-agency-type posters of Greece.) And there’s something about being one of the few diners the maitre d’ doesn’t seem to know by name.

If you can get past the fried calamari—not the standard measly appetizer most of us know, but a heaping, $12 entrée—the food is pretty heavy but great all around. Lamb is a good standby, the kebabs being the best; fish is whole with all body parts attached, and always fresh.

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Other Awards for Best Greek Restaurant:

Samos, 9/16/2009

Zorba's Bar and Grill, 9/17/2008

The Black Olive, 9/19/2007

Samos, 9/20/2006

Ikaros, 9/21/2005

Samos, 9/22/2004

Samos, 9/17/2003

Black Olive, 9/18/2002

Samos, 9/19/2001

Karabelas Cuisine, 9/13/2000

Greek Islands Restaurant and Bar, 9/15/1999

Opa!, 9/17/1997

All Awards for Ikaros:

Best Greek Restaurant, 9/21/2005

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