Driving from San Diego to Las Vegas with friends back in 2009, there was one place along the five-hour route that could make the drive less dreary: a stop at The Mad Greek in Baker, CA.
I love American Greek food. I love the combination of red onions, briny kalamata olives, tart vinaigrette, and salty feta cheese of Greek salad, I love the simplicity of pita bread and hummus, although I love pita bread with creamy tzatziki sauce just a little bit more, and I say I love “American” Greek food because I love falafel, which is a Middle Eastern street food, but is often served at American Greek restaurants.
I ordered the falafel plate which came with a buttery, but very salty rice pilaf, falafel and fresh vegetables wrapped in pita bread, and a side of tahini. The falafel were dense and salty, nothing memorable.
I also ordered a large chocolate shake, which was a behemoth size. Luckily, there were four of us to share this enormous drink. It was very creamy, topped with whipped cream and a festive orange umbrella. I would try this shake again, but the falafel were mediocre, especially for the price.
The Mad Greek
72112 Baker Blvd.
Baker, CA 92309