Don’t know why, but when we’ve walked past Zeus’ on our way from Trixie’s Palace to Reptilian Records, we used to assume it was the kind of place that you might hit for carry-out but would never stick around in for a leisurely cup of coffee. Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. Zeus’ is a clean, bright, prototypical diner with an expansive menu that includes burgers and sandwiches, comfort-food entrées, all-day breakfast, and a few bits of Greek cuisine.
Despite the name, the gyro was the most disappointing thing we had, the bread greasy and the meat-to-fixings ratio falling soundly in the fixings’ favor. While it wasn’t a taste sensation, the $6.95 platter did come with some nicely seasoned, pleasantly dry coleslaw and thick, crunchy, nongreasy fries. The tuna melt ($4.50) fared better with perfectly toasted bread, a generous slice of Swiss cheese, and tasty tuna. We also enjoyed a thick hunk of carrot cake ($3) and some classic if not exceptional coffee (85 cents).
Zeus’ food won’t blow your mind, but the prices are good, it serves alcohol, and it’s open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. If this isn’t your place to go after or during a light night of Fells Point drinking and dancing, it should be.