Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ)— It’s been a Baltimore landmark since 1948. Open 24 hours a day, folks in Canton and Fells Point have made it a morning and late night favorite.
Ron Matz reports that at the Sip & Bite, they’re getting ready for prime time.
At Sip & Bite, good home cooking and more keeps customers coming back.
“I come for the home cooking, the people, the atmosphere, and the food’s good. That’s all you need. I feel at home here,” said Rita Branagan, of Canton.
Monday night, Sip & Bite is ready for its close up with Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
“It’s a very big night. We’re very excited. We’re very proud of the Sip & Bite and showcasing Baltimore and showing the nation how awesome we really are,” said Sofia Vasiliades, co-owner of the Sip & Bite restaurant.
The show was filmed in November.
“It was everything anybody would ever think it would be. It was amazing. Guy Fieri was funny and very personable. It was just a dream come true being able to cook with such a famous chef,” Vasiliades said.
Waitress Pat Dermatis has been serving up the good food and seeing celebrities for more than four decades.
“I’m doing great. I’ve been here for 45 years. We have very nice customers. I’ve met Barbara Mikulski, Michael Phelps, and former Governor Schaefer was my baby,” Dermatis said.
“A lot of celebrities come in,” Vasiliades said. “Michael Phelps is a regular. We had him here a couple of weeks ago. He gets at least a thousand calories a meal.”
It’s family here, a third generation making the Sip & Bite a Baltimore favorite.
“My husband Tony and I took over about five years ago. We’ve been remodeling and revamping but trying to keep the same heart of the Sip & Bite and the same feel,” Vasiliades said.
“It feels great. I’m so proud. I want to thank all my customers. We give them good food, good service and good prices. All the cooking is done from scratch. Our crab cakes are famous. We’ve even had an article in the New York Times,” said George Vasiliades.
Other famous customers at the Sip & Bite include actor George Clooney, who filmed part of his movie “Syriana” there several years ago.