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October 6, 2010

Cypriana is closed


Cypriana has sold its last falafel in the Sun Trust Building -- September 24th was the downtown eatery's last day. Meanwhile, the cart that introduced Baltimoreans to the Middle Eastern food of husband and wife Vassos Yiannouris and Maria Kaimikas has ceased regular operations after a multi-year odyssey.

I'll have more on this soon (after a real-estate refresher course), but there are very hard feelings. Kaimikas says that "Mom & Pop businesses are becoming non-existent in the business district," and she's not shy about pointing fingers.

Meanwhile, you can still get a Cypriana falafel in the University of Maryland Hospital, and Cypriana is still very much in the catering business. The website is still up and running.


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 3:28 PM | | Comments (7)


When those two opened their cart on Light Street years ago, it was and remains the best carryout food I ever had in Baltimore.

Their falafel and chicken pita with tarragon flavored Tzatziki set a standard that I have not found met in my travels around the US.

Sorry to hear they are leaving as I was just thinking of going to their restaurant on my next trip back to Baltimore

I work on the next block, and their food and cleanliness definitely went down hill in the last year.


I loved that place, when I worked downtown.

Dang. That's a shame. Good falafel... I could never resits buying a cookie or two at checkout.

i remember being young professional going out to their cart on Redwood the crazy heat of the summer...and the crazy cold of the wet windy winters...and maria would be smiling and selling the best cart food around...chicken onn a stick and great falafel...

most other cities have awesome food carts like philly where you can spend an entire weekend eating all your meals from a different cart and different ethnicity,...and eat as well or better then at regular establishment...and for a lot less money...perhaps that an article??!!

Well, there goes the only redeeming feature of Baltimore City jury duty!

I worked in that build from November to July. Their food was definately not worth the price they charged. We only went there when the weather was too bad to go outside. The little food bar next door was a much better value.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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