Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eat Local: The Mad Greek

Authentic Greek and Italian dishes can be devoured/savored/enjoyed at The Mad Greek in Lawrence, KS. The food is fresh, flavors are bold and the chef is...mad?

Mad Greek Buffet Plate
When it's a buffet, there's not shame in loading up your plate! Gyro meat, Tzatziki sauce, spanakopita, pasta, salad & more! 

Dave and I have developed this tradition of enjoying Greek food for a special occasion. It started with our first date at the Greek Food Festival in Kansas City. From there we've enjoyed Greek food A LOT; especially for birthdays, oh and our engagement. Yes, the day Dave proposed, we were enjoying a picnic in the park, chowing down on Gyro sandwiches from The Mad Greek.

I know I've told you about Lawrence. Man, do I love this place. The people here love food. And I have so much love for the locally owned restaurants. Mass Street is a hot spot and dotted with these treasures. The Mad Greek is one of our favorite spots to eat.

If I don't enjoy some Greek food often enough, I get the hankering for it. Much like I do Chinese or Italian. Oh heck, I crave food in general. But, my Mad Greek cravings are serious. This is probably because their food is hard to beat.

The Greek salad here is another one of our faves. I know, the list of favorite things is long. 

By far, my favorite dish at Mad Greek is their Gyro sandwich, however, upon a recent visit we took advantage of their $10.99 Sunday buffet. First, this is one heck of a deal! You can eat all the Greek and Italian dishes your heart desires for the same price, or less, than an entree. Second, I got to try a few things for the first time.

There's more to love at Mad Greek than the food. Shocking, I know. But really, in our experiences, the service has always been great. The atmosphere is....quirky, and I would expect nothing less of something that is on Mass Street in Lawrence. The place is decorated with grape vines, fake columns and other Greecian/Italian touches. I like to pretend I'm sitting somewhere in a Greecian village while dining. It always makes me smile. Don't put this on your list of "fancy" places to eat. You come here for the food.

Mad Greek Gyro meat
Warm pita slices + tender Gyro meat + heavenly Tzatziki sauce

If you are visiting Lawrence, live near Lawrence or live an hour from Lawrence, you MUST try The Mad Greek. It is one of Lawrence's many gems. Eat local my friends. Opa!

What's your favorite hometown restaurant? Share in the comments below! If we're ever in the area, we would love to give it a try.