Getting together with some friends of ours, we decided to head out to, what I have been told, is a local favorite.
Entering the restaurant, you definitely get the impression that Perry’s primary business is as a bar. The bar area is about twice the size of the dining room, and there is a pub in the basement. The dining room itself is clean, but somewhat dated with older style furnishings and murals on nearly every wall.
What I didn’t know coming in was that while Perry’s has a good sized American fare menu, they started as a Greek restaurant, and have a large selection of Greek foods. As such we decided to focus heavily on that side of the menu.
With me that night were our good friends Sue and Steve, as well as my wife Chandra. As starters, we chose several dishes to share. The stuffed grape leaves ($9) were ground beef and rice in steamed grape leaves with a strong lemon sauce, and served with a small, fresh, Greek salad. Everyone enjoyed these well enough, although most of the table were unused to the texture of grape leaves.
The saganaki ($9) was a dish of baked Greek cheese with olive oil, oregano and brandy that was set on fire as it came to the table. I believe that you can’t go wrong with ordering flaming food, and in this case everyone agreed. The hot cheese is served with pita chips for dipping. To me this tasted like the cheese-only part of well herbed pizza.
We also choose the spinach pie ($7), which was fresh sauteed spinach with cream wrapped and baked in flaky filo crust. The spinach was somewhat under seasoned, but otherwise good.
For mains, Steve selected the gyro platter ($9). The sliced lamb was dry and tasteless while the French fries were only OK.
I chose the braised baby lamb ($16), which was served with a fresh tomato sauce over orzo pasta. The tender lamb had a wonderful taste and enjoyable texture.
Chandra tried the moussaka ($14), sliced roasted eggplant, soft ground beef, mashed potatoes with a thin tomato sauce on top. I had never had moussaka with tomato sauce on it. The whole thing was like a shepherd’s pie lasagna. It was interesting, but I’m not sure I liked it.
Sue had the chicken Athenian ($15), which was sauteed chicken breast with chunks of tomato, onion, peppers and feta cheese over rice. This dish tasted excellent, and the chicken was cooked perfectly.
Having eaten so much, we only had room to try one dessert, and of course it was baklava ($3.50). The filling had a good texture, but was laden with honey, making the dessert overly sweet.
Perry’s Restaurant is a real local’s place, but we never felt out of place. The staff was friendly, the servers were attentive and the manager walked the room asking people how things are going.
After we ate we wandered into the bar and found that this is where Perry’s really becomes exciting. They have live bands every Friday and Saturday night, tacos and trivia on Tuesdays, on karaoke on Wednesdays and Fridays at Odie’s Pub downstairs. I look forward to coming back and checking out more of both the menu and the live entertainment.
WHERE: 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton
HOURS: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to midnight
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: Not required
CREDIT CARDS: All major cards