No one would mistake Perry or Kristos Miliotis for anything but men of the Mediterranean.
They are proudly Greek, as evidenced not only by their complexions, but the specialities on the menu at Perry's Restaurant in Odenton.
But truth be told, there's a lot of German in the Miliotis family—the female half—and it will be on the restaurant's menu during the month of October.
Perry's will transform itself into a go-to place for bratwurst, schnitzel and potato dumplings during an Oktoberfest celebration.
All of the cooking will be performed by Kristos' Bavarian-born mother and grandmother, using recipes handed down from generations.
"We do it the old-fashioned way, the way our mothers and grandmothers did it," said Kunigunda Tromm, Kristos' grandmother.
The Oktoberfest specials will be available Wednesday through Saturday every week in October. The menu will feature:
- Roast chicken with potato dumplings
- Schnitzel (chicken or veal)
- Beer-boiled bratwust with sauerkraut
- German potato soup
- Potato pancakes
- German potato salad, red cabbage and German creamed spinach.
Hannelore Miliotis, Kristos' mother, said she decided to offer German items to the restaurant after being unsatisfied with the German cuisine found elsewhere.
"We try not to brag, but we have been to so many German restaurants, and were just never really happy," she said.
Hannelore and her mother will spend Monday and Tuesday preparing the food for the coming week.
Perry's Restaurant is known for its Greek cuisine, but hasn't been afraid to branch out to other foods. There are nights featuring lobster or $1 crabs, another focusing on pasta dishes. The restaurant has offered Irish food for St. Patrick's Day, and special meals for Mother's Day and Easter.
But the family has never gone this big for Oktoberfest.
Part of the inspiration came after renovations of the bar area, which included the installation of 24 new beer taps.
"It's become a big part of this industry, microbrews and craft beers," Kristos said. "One of things we want to do with the German food is pair a beer with each dish."