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Perry's Restaurant Goes...German?

Perry's Restaurant in Odenton is known for its Greek cuisine, but will have month-long Oktoberfest specials with homemade German food. And believe it or not, it's in the family.

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."

John September 27, 2012 at 09:31 PM
You won't go there because they serve veal. Interesting. Will you shop in a grocery store that sells veal?
AMJA September 28, 2012 at 09:55 AM
I hate to say it, but I find this restaurant to be repulsive. We have been there only a handful of times. Each time the place has been filthy, coupled with broken screen windows and dust on the tables...seriously. The first time we ate there, the manicotti that I ordered was still frozen around the edges (why was it frozen at all?), and the "homemade" meatballs that I ordered were clearly those little frozen Mama Lucia's ones that you find at the grocery store. Our two other meals were much the same...very, very unimpressive. Now, I know we all like to be loyal to the local places, which is why I tried it three times, wanting it to be good. But, this place is simply a tired, old, washed out place with subpar food. What Perry's needs is some competition. If we actually had somewhere to eat other than Pachanga and the fifty chain pizza places and other small Italian places, maybe they would step up their game. It's a shame, as Perry's has a chance to be a great place, but they are resting on their laurels and history and the fact that we simply have no where else to go in Odenton for a decent meal.
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Michelle, The problem, for me at least, isnt your belief. It is the forum where you chose to express your belief. This is an article that is telling the community about the change in the menu at Perry's. No where in this article was there a mention of veal. When you choose to make your personal choices public as you did, you can expect to get some kind of reaction to it, whether it is positive or negative. You also have said you dont have a choice to live by boycotting every place that is involved in animal abuse. I beg to differ. You do have a choice, though it may not be easy to do it, you can choose to do it. The hypocrisy of your original comment rubs some the wrong way and IMO you should have expected some back lash. For the record, I respect your opinion. I just dont think this was the correct forum to express it. Thank you, I will have a great day and you make it a great day too.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
John, Plants do not have a central nervous system and do not experience pain. THAT question there shows me exactly how far behind some people are! That was learned in like fourth grade. Get over your redneck self and read a book. Actually the article does mention veal as a choice. No, I do not shop at grocery stores that serve veal. The reason I discussed the origination of veal is because some people have no clue and if they knew, they would chose not to eat it, just as I did. That's why. I still don't understand why stating a a "personal choice as public as you did" causes any kind of backlash. Have you ever heard of personal choice? Of sharing your views with others? In the Unites States we are allowed free speech. Do you attack and criticize everyone that has an unfamiliar or differing opinion to their face or just on the internet? Why is it "hypocrite" to simply state I wont eat there because they chose to serve veal? They can choose not to serve veal. It is that simple. If there were more places in the area that I could eat or shop that provided me an alternative that would support 100% of my beliefs I would not waste my money any place else. I never stated in any of my words that I was doing anything other than not choosing this restaurant because they served VEAL. I did not say because they served all MEAT.
Calique September 28, 2012 at 02:10 PM
"I am done trying to defend myself..." ~2:52 pm on Thursday, September 27, 2012 Apparently not. LOL (btw, walls of text are painful to read. Paragraphs go a long way toward readability. Jus' sayin')
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I did not say I do not shop or eat at EVERY single place that has products that involves animal abuse. I said I try. In fact, I stated I do go to restaurants that serve meat, not veal, so I can still eat with friends, I do not spend my money on their meat.....and therefore do not "shove my beliefs down anybody's throat". It is not being a hypocrite to choose to not eat at a place because they serve veal or foi gras, any more than it would be a choice not to eat at a restaurant that has bad food, bad service, is dirty, or plays the music too loud. If I had said I wont eat there because of the music nobody would you be attacking me? NO. You would say ask them not to play it so loud. I expect nothing less than attacks or name calling - such as "smug, hypocrite, misplaced loyalty" from uneducated, closed minded individuals who have no respect for free speech, personal values & morals AND those who condone animal abuse by eating veal when they know how much suffering is involved for a 14 week old baby animal. Do you have a heart?
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Until the unnecessary abuse of animals stops, I will voice my opinions since the animals cannot speak for themselves. I will also work to educate others, as I was educated, because it is the right thing to do. Only an educated person can make decisions. If most people experienced what I did, there would be no veal. I once ate meat and loved it, I never thought about where it came from, what happened to animals in order for me to get it..... the abuse, suffering so people could make money from it. I then went to a farm and saw with my own eyes, smelled and HEARD. I heard the screams of animals coming from veal crates and I heard the slaughtering. It changed my life. It physically made me ill and made my chest ache. We don't need to veal, it is nothing but torture and abuse period. You see here that there isn't a single post saying it NOT torture or abuse.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The facts are on my side. You all accept animal abuse for your veal, I don't, I won't. I get that some people don't care about animals, don't think they feel pain like we do, have emotions, or develop strong relationships, suffer in crates and cages, are "only" animals. That is what other countries say about their enemies. Why must we treat animals like an enemy? We learn more and more about animals all the time and those outdated and incorrect views have been proven incorrect. The facts again, are on my side. If you want to argue then give me the facts on how I am incorrect. I can listen without name calling. It will be up to the next generation to respect all living things and not accept abuse and torture as a way of life like previous generations do. I just wish I could be here to enjoy it. As far as this being the forum, I would not have added another comment unless people had not been so ignorant and gone ballistic for me simply stating the facts so others would know what they are actually buying and how it is "made" just like any other "product". Remember it's a free country and you don't have to read it or respond. If you don't like me letting folks know how you get your veal, to damn bad.
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I stand corrected on the veal. I still stand by the rest of my statements.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
LOL. That was yesterday! I got some sleep and came in for more :o) I still stand by my statements too.
Thea Warner September 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Good one, Calique! :-) You are spot on about walls of text as well! Who would have thought that an article on Perry's would generate so many comments?!
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yea, gross.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Sorry i'm not normally a poster and now I know why ha-ha
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Really?? You think that because some of us choose to continue to eat veal even after knowing the "facts" and dont agree with your point of view we are uneducated, closed minded individuals who have no respect for free speech, personal values & morals? Sound like the pot calling the kettle black. BTW saying your statement is hypocritical is not calling you a hypocrite. It is simply saying that what you wrote seems a bit hypocritical. You wont eat at Perry's because they serve veal. You will shop at the grocery store that sells veal. Do you see the hypocrisy there? I could write more examples if you like. I am not saying your views are correct or incorrect. If you said "Perry's veal taste like crap. i wont eat there." Then cool. It is relevant. But to go into a detailed rant about how calves are treated is not relevant. Me having a heart has nothing to do with my choice of food to eat. The fact is, it is cruel to keep any animal in captivity but that wont stop me from eating meat. Humans are supposed to eat meat and plants. Our teeth and Jaw tells that story. Like I said earlier, I respect your points of view. I just think you chose the wrong forum. As you said, " Remember it's a free country and you don't have to read it or respond." Make it a great day....I know I will. :-)
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I can go into as much detail as I want to about veal and believe me, there is plenty of disgusting information I left out. You would rather close your mind to the truth, to the atrocities than allow me to write about it. I said I do not shop at stores that sell veal. Obviously, if you eat veal you do not agree with my point of view which is not to eat it. If you making statements about plants screaming in pain then yes, I will safely say you are uneducated.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
If you attack somebody for having different views than you, then yes, I can safely say you have no respect for my morals and values, because they are different than yours. Anything I say is a rant bc I am a woman but your long lectures aren't rants right? I believe it began with simply facts and not a "rant", until I got attacked and had to explain myself since you twist my words to fit your beliefs and shove your words down my throat. It absolutely is cruelty to keep any animal in any cage and it does stop millions of people of eating meat every day.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Cardiologist William C. Roberts hails from the famed cattle state of Texas, but he says this without hesitation: Humans aren't physiologically designed to eat meat. "I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn't take a genius to see where humans line up," says Roberts, editor in chief of The American Journal of Cardiology and medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. © Stephen Kroninger
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 03:55 PM
As further evidence, Roberts cites the carnivore's short intestinal tract, which reaches about three times its body length. An herbivore's intestines are 12 times its body length, and humans are closer to herbivores, he says. Roberts rattles off other similarities between human beings and herbivores. Both get vitamin C from their diets (carnivores make it internally). Both sip water, not lap it up with their tongues. Both cool their bodies by perspiring (carnivores pant). Human beings and herbivorous animals have little mouths in relation to their head sizes, unlike carnivores, whose big mouths are all the better for "seizing, killing and dismembering prey," argues nutrition specialist Dr. Milton R. Mills, associate director of preventive medicine for the Washington, D.C.-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). People and herbivores extensively chew their food, he says, whereas swallowing food whole is the preferred method of carnivores and omnivores.
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I didnt make any statements out plants screaming ...LOL but i just pictured it. You are very presumptuous about me. I am probably the most open minded person you could ever meet. I just dont think, as I said earlier, that you chose the right forum to voice your opinion about veal. You would agree that I am entitle to have that opinion, wouldnt you?
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yes, you are entitled to your opinion but it does not make you the posting police either.
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
As long as we are using google: Like the hard-core carnivores, we have fairly simple digestive systems well suited to the consumption of animal protein, which breaks down quickly. Contrary to what your magazine article says, the human small intestine, at 23 feet, is a little under eight times body length (assuming a mouth-to-anus "body length" of three feet). This is about midway between cats (three times body length), dogs (3-1/2 times), and other well-known meat eaters on the one hand and plant eaters such as cattle (20 to 1) and horses (12 to 1) on the other. This tends to support the idea that we are omnivores. .
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
part 2 Herbivores also have a variety of specialized digestive organs capable of breaking down cellulose, the main component of plant tissue. Humans find cellulose totally indigestible, and even plant eaters have to take their time with it. If you were a ruminant (cud eater), for instance, you might have a stomach with four compartments, enabling you to cough up last night's alfalfa and chew on it all over again. Or you might have an enlarged cecum, a sac attached to the intestines, where rabbits and such store food until their intestinal bacteria have time to do their stuff. Digestion in such cases takes place by a process of fermentation — bacteria actually "eat" the cellulose and the host animal consumes what results, namely bacteria dung. The story is roughly the same with teeth. We're equipped with an all-purpose set of ivories equally suited to liver and onions
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
No more attention for you Brian, I am working on FB getting a foster pup up here tonight. She is set for heart stick death in North Carolina at 5 pm so times wasting...
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Wow Really? You think because I dont agree with you, I am attacking you. Hmm....where have I attacked you? Your gender has nothing to do with how I have a discussion with you. This is the internet, I dont know what your gender is as you dont know my gender either. Again you are very presumptuous about me, Rant = to speak or declaim extravagantly or in a vehement way. SO yes "rant". Rant is not a bad thing as you seem to have taken it. Perhaps I should pick my words more careful, when addressing you. I have in no way shoved words down your throat. To bad you feel that way. Maybe I am not the one with the closed mind here. Just maybe.
Brian C. September 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Good luck to you getting the puppy. What kind of puppy ?
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Black Lab girl. Just need to get her a transport up here and I can foster her until adoption :o) Waiting to hear back now from the shelter, a rescue in NC must pull her and I have one that said they would.
Jason Humm September 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
@ Michelle W: While I do not know for sure, and neither do you, what kind of veal will Perry's serve during Oktoberfest? As you surely know, there are some farmers out there that raise their veal very humanely, just as with (or better than) other meat products out there. Again, I do not know for sure what Perry's will or won't serve, but you should ask before you come here and assume it is the veal you oppose. It very well could be rose (or pasture-raised) veal. You are obviously entitled to your beliefs and morals and choices. This is the same for me for electing not to eat Chick-fil-A because I, a devout Atheist, strongly oppose their strong Christian foundation. But as you say many times above, you should get the facts before you make up your mind.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@Jason, it is still a baby cow, not even an adult, which is one factor I consider about veal.... and I've not heard of a truly humane way to do it, maybe just a little better by being pasture raised? That would make the meat more tough and so would eating grass so I don't know much about that. I do not eat any meat anyway. I too elect not to give my money to Chick-fil-A but if I even give the details of that it will cause another dispute. I have to work on something that makes me happy, saving a pup from a heart stick death today by 5 pm. Thanks for the thought, it was an interesting way to look at it.
Jason Humm September 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Good luck with the puppy rescue--a noble cause. I just wanted to let you and others know that there are alternatives to what many believe is the only way veal is produced. It's all about education, which I think we both agree on, so I wanted to get that point out there. Strauss Brands meat is one of the bigger names out there for free-range veal (or whatever you want to call it). (http://www.straussbrands.com/freeraised/fr-vealfaq.html) So, there are definitely a growing change in how people choose to raise their calves.
Michelle W September 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@Jason, that is fantastic news!! Now when I ask restaurants not to serve it and they insist, I can ask them to at least chose the Strauss Brands, which is a bit more expensive, but less cruel. I appreciate your feedback and maybe before I die I will see the end of the veal crate in the US. :o)

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