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“Yummy Food, Slow Service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Mad Greek

The Mad Greek
72112 Baker Blvd, Baker, CA 92309
760-733-4354
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Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Baker
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Glendale, California
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224 restaurant reviews
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“Yummy Food, Slow Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I stopped at the Mad Greek during my drive to Vegas with a friend last March. My friend is a huge foodie (generally fancy restaurants, not dives), yet she loves this place, so we went on her recommendation.

It's chaotic and busy. We were there during a prime time, Friday lunch, with all of the other Vegas weekenders. You wait in a long line to place your order and then the food is delivered to the table.

It took nearly half an hour to get our food. When it's busy, this is not the place to stop if you are in a hurry. Luckily, it wasn't such a big deal to us, but we did think that they have forgotten our order.

I had a amazing chicken pita dish with rice. Really, really good. The food is the reason to stop here.

The decor is tacky and fun, something directly off the set of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

If you have the time, this is worth the stop.

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  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rives Junction, Michigan
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Looks a little tacky but the food is good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The reviews on TripAdvisor certainly run the gamut! We ate here and were pleased with our meals. The menu was diversified and the food quality and quantity was good, along with reasonable prices. It is a rather odd place because it seems like family is around everywhere. Maybe they aren't family, but it seems that way. We would return if we were ever in the area.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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“Many choices here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stopped here for breakfast and found many choices. I went traditional with the ham & cheese omlette which was tasty and generous, with potatoes and toast. With coffee the bill came to $6.02 with the CDL discount of 20%. I passed on the pastries but there was a wide selection which looked really good. Something which would have made the visit even better, would have been to be served on real plates instead of plastic (disposable) ones. Minor point and maybe they don't have a lot of water for washing in the desert. The place is quite decorated and unusual. The server commented how, although the recipes are Greek, the staff is Mexican, served in America. What an eclectic stop!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lafayette, Colorado
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Phantabulosa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The service is efficient, cheerful, friendly and generous. They enjoy their job, there is no doubt about that. There is nothing fancy or chic about the place. Its job is to feed hungry people and to treat all-comers as friends and neighbours. All four of the adults in our party had lived and worked in the Middle East and the menu, the ambience and the atmosphere in this place is as good as the best of this type of establishment anywhere in that region. Everyone left happy and satisfied and eager to go back. The ice cream and milk-shakes were the best of the best. Even the fish and chips were great and actually too big a plateful for a big man! Absolutely first class.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“No portion control here - tasty, tacky & terrific!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Old style menu board is just part of the tacky cross between a 50's diner and fast food place. Walk up, order, pay and get your own drinks. A plastic tent number given with your change guides your meal in a fairly short time, by a pleasant server.

Everything is enormous! Clearly, no restaurant MBA's have every weighed the portions, which would satisfy any Bigfoot sized appetite. The Gyros were exactly as the should be: spicy, piping hot, loaded with fresh onion, tomato, mint, and lettuce, slathered in a cucumber dill sauce, wrapped in I want to think is a homemade pita. Dinner plates add a giant Greek salad, with one Dolma ( I suspect a Zergut brand canned dolma; which is not too bad, actually).

After driving by this place for 20+ years, I'm glad I broke down and stopped in. Well worth the extra hour on the treadmill, and a good value for the shrinking dollar. One oddity - the pilaf was ho - hum large grain rice, and not exactly hot. All things considered, a decent, funkalicious lunch stop.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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