Friday, May 14, 2010
The O.G Mad Greeks
There is something about eating a freshly baked, flaky Spanakopita in the middle of nowhere to help assuage your passage back to reality after a weekend in Vegas. The clanking sounds of the leftover bottles of alcohol as you speed in the car makes your stomach swish, and all of a sudden...all-you-can-eat crab legs don't sound appetizing anymore.
The Mad Greek: Mirage?
You see faded billboards a few miles before the exit to the The Mad Greek bearing "OPEN 24 HOURS" and you are befuddled--is this really a Greek Restaurant? Well, it is still a long drive back home and only fast food surrounds you...oh what the hell. Let's try it.
It is 1AM, there is only a Filipino family eating a club sandwich and ritz crackers that they brought themselves, uh-oh.
A barrage of menu items hit you as you approach to order. Things like Dolmades and Zaziki Pita are cloaked with Tuna Melts and Chili Cheese Fries but they are there.
The Greek Goods:
But what's that I see? A Spanakopita could it be? Its late and the consequences of eating heavy could already be felt through the redolent aroma of spit-roasted shawarma. Fuck it...a Spanakopita it is. I'll just take some bites of my friends "Va-gyro" as they called it. They also wanted me ask the cashier if they had any "Cream of Mushroom Tip Soup". Ok, maybe we weren't completely sober still.
A small order of hommos would also aid in detoxing my body and reversing this weekends 'drunken-munchies' debauchery. It was surprisingly chunky actually, not as smooth as I've had before. Also not as heavy with in the bitter, sour Tahini sauce, but still drizzled with super fruity olive oil and a little paprika, that kalamata olive and parsley sprig for greens would would have to do for now.
Another Favorite Triangle Shaped Thing Of Mine
Good thing the homie Angel--or "Gay-ngel" as we referred him in the trip--honored his High School food roots and ordered an order of Fried Zucchini. With a crunchy, breadcrumb batter, it beat the pants of off pita bread as a dipper for the hommos.
Honoring Our High School Diet
As we left, we couldn't help but simply admire some fine Greek Wisdom that sat hanging on the bathroom hallway wall.
Behold Greek Wisdom
The Mad Greek
72112 Baker Blvd
Baker, CA 92309
$5-12 per person kinda