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.


  1. Three of my friends and I were seated and waited for 20 minutes without ANY SERVICE. Waiters walked around, hesitated, squinted at us at our table and then circled around again, not doing anything, not serving anyone else. The restaurant was DEAD, but apparently we couldn't even get Drinks, let alone order all the food we were looking forwarding to getting. We planned on getting several appetizers, entrees, cocktails and desserts, but with multiple waiters and waitresses doing nothing but walking in laps around the restaurant, we couldn't get any help. We left to go to Jerusalem Cafe, where we had excellent service and a delicious meal. The Mad Greek is a stank-hole with literally NO SERVICE - not just BAD service - NO SERVICE. I am going to write reviews everywhere, and tell everyone I know in Lawrence and Kansas City about what a ridiculous insult The Mad Greek is. Any idiot can be a waiter and yet we couldn't even get waited on AT ALL. What a joke.

    1. While we don't represent The Mad Greek in any way, we can only speak on behalf of our own personal visits. We've been many times, and service is hit or miss. We've never had EXCEPTIONAL service while dining, but we also have never experienced what you went through. In the end, the food is worth it for us to survive mediocre service.