Even with their sights set on eternal glory, the well-greaved Achaeans besieging Troy had to break for dinner. Bring bounteous Hellenic fare across the wine-dark sea and straight into your mouth, the skilled breaker of horses, with today's Groupon to The Mad Greek in Cleveland Heights. Choose from two options:
- $10 for $20 worth of lunch, served from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Saturday
- $15 for $30 worth of dinner, served from 4 p.m.-close seven days a week
The Mad Greek, a 2010 Silver Spoon Award winner for best Greek cuisine in Cleveland magazine, serves generous portions of traditionally hearty Greek, Indian, and Mediterranean fare, with an extensive menu and cocktail list. Meal preambles, like the Indian-spiced Bombay wings ($6.50/6, $10.95/12) or the white-wine sauced steamed mussels ($8.95), offer an enticing introduction to main course drama. The boneless chicken breast pumpkin curry ($15.95) provides an alternative to popular American dishes, like cherry pie burgers or firework corn dogs, and the gyro plate ($14.95) anchors a vast collection of Greek dishes, with gyro, greek fries, and pita bread all made fresh daily. The seafood salad ($14.95) comes with a choice of grilled shrimp or Atlantic salmon, and the vegetable curry wrap ($8.95) offers inventive, leaf-based fare for the ravenously herbivorous.
The Mad Greek’s varied menu is paired with an equally varied drink list with elegantly concocted, meal-complementing libations. Reservations are recommended, since the homey dining space often fills up quickly with people and city statues being stored for the winter.
CityVoters declared The Mad Greek one of Cleveland's top Mediterranean restaurants on the 2009 Hot List. Cleveland magazine awarded the restaurant a 2010 Silver Spoon Award for the best Greek cuisine in Cleveland. The Plain Dealer reviewed The Mad Greek at Cleveland.com. Citysearchers give it an average of four stars, and 75% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- …Visitors…are drawn to the casual Greek vibe and the skillful dishes, diverse menu and extensive bar list. – Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer
- Their Pita and Hummus appetizer is awesome. I like the dishes with shrimp and feta myself. I would recommend a bottle of Retzina for a traditional Greek experience. – clevelandtransplant, Citysearch
The Mad Greek
The Mad Greek earned a finalist spot on CityVoter's 2011 Best of Fox8 Cleveland list for its Greek cuisine, but that’s only half the story. New executive chef Edward West steps in to create a hearty menu filled with classic Mad Greek favorites and new selections, including steamed mussels, ribeye brizola, lamb keftedes, zucchini and eggplant moussaka, braised lamb shank, and homemade baklava.
The environs prove as sprawling as the menu, welcoming diners into a dining room reminiscent of a Mediterranean greenhouse with its ample sunlight, potted ferns, and sky-high ceilings. Throughout the space, private enclaves prove ideal for romantic dinners with invisible significant others.