Mad Greek Deli
18450 NW West Union Rd, Portland, OR 97229Add Hours
Cuisines: Deli, Mediterranean, Greek, European, Continental
Price Range : Below Average
04/07/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Beware, this place is a social scammer! All positive reviews are done by the owner and his friends. I dare you to test this theory out. I did. I live in the Bethany area and I finally decided to try the place after 4 years here because the reviews were so great.
Now I realize after the horrible experience that there was a reason why there are 5 stars and 1 star ratings mostly. Notice there are very few partial ratings and I bet those are real people trying to be nice. The rest are the owners and people like me who got ripped off by the overpriced soggy food.
If you take the challenge please post up your experience so that others will not be deceived by these fake ratings.
If you have ever watched Seinfeld and love the soup Nazi episode you will relate with this resturaunt! The Original owner the renowned MadGreek has passed the torch to Pondo the new owner and a former loyal employee and GYRO maker. He still makes a visit once in a Greek Moon but the tradition carries on. It is small and quaint and is clean dispite what it looks like from the first glance, this is a 5 star diamond in the rough!! People call it a dive and I say dive or drive rite in you won't be disappointed. However if you order JO-JOs expect to be thrown out or surely embarrassed. They are not JO-JOS, NO GREEK FRIES FOR YOU; hence the soup Nazi!!! They have an excellent menu to include the best Gyro you will ever eat plus chicken, Greek salad, the Mad Chicken, the Urgo Burger that is loaded as is the Mad Chicken, authentic Greek pastries and more. If you even think or talk bad about this place then "NO GREEK FRIES FOR YOU!!!!!!!" Best diner around and I have submitted them to GUY FiETE'S Diners, Drive in's and dives so you just might run into Guy one day if not the Original Mad Greek one day. Never judge a book but it's cover this place is purely Greek and purely Awesome!!!!!!!!!!
11/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place is what a deli is all about! They have live music most every weekend and wine tastings in the summer time. I follow them on Facebook so I always know who is playing and about their giveaways/contests etc…
Props to the ""mom and pop"" shop. we just don't have enough of these types of places these days. Do you want to eat your food at a processed plant like 'Gyro-Gyro' or 'Daphnes' in a mall or at a place that is actually Greek owned and operated? This palce has tradition and has been in the area with its recipes for a long time passed on from generation to generation. Its hard to survive in the restaurant business and with the way this place does its food its easy to see why they have survived the best and worst of times.
When you go here you will see the same faces and they will remember you. I haven't grown up at this deli but have been going the last 6-7 years. I find myself craving the Greek Fries and their unique texture and flavor. The people that complain about this place need to remember that they are going into a ""DELI""... A DELI FOLKS. Relax, slow down and enjoy life for a few minutes, chill out and enjoy the food. If you dont like it leave it to the people that actually enjoy good old fashioned GREEK food and spend your time at Elephants counting your money and starring at your Mercedes. If it seems spendy (which I disagree with) its because it isnt a bunch of crap and its made from scratch.
The best way to sum it up is that its a Deli with a great wine bar in the back with a great wine selection with great Greek food.
Do: try the Mad Chicken and the Greek Fries... (everything else is good but everyone has a favorite)
Do: Make sure to go to the back and check out the walk in beer cooler and the new wine bar.
Do: Introduce yourself to the owner (pondo) who is really nice.
Dont: Call the greek fries Jo-Jo's.
05/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place is a dive. The food decent, but the place is in need of some serious cleaning and renovation. Every surface was coated with something yucky, and it just looks generally run down. I looked into the kitchen and the surfaces that they work on were filthy. The restroom smelled like urine, and had a piles of dirty paper towels in the corner.
The new wine bar looked fine, but it looks like they really don't care about the rest of the place.
01/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Truthbearer- Obviously you haven't spent much time at the Mad Greek Deli because if you had you would know it's one of those rare gems all foodies want! The authentic Mediterranean fare ranges from classic to gourmet. If it?s delicious sandwiches and fries you crave try the Mt. Olympus and Greek fries there?s nothing like this anywhere in Portland! If you want a fancier meal, try the spicy shrimp or the Souvlaki plate which are out of this world! My point is that there is nowhere in PDX that has this combination of food, drinks and entertainment (live music on the weekend).
Truthbearer- I am a regular customer at the Mad Greek Deli. I challenge you to come back on a weekend night, sit in the wine bar and try the Mad Greek Deli again. You WON?T be disappointed!
p.s. I don?t frequently judge a restaurant on their website and their logo-I judge them on their food, drink, atmosphere and service. For that the Mad Greek Deli is 5 stars!!!!
10/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Been going here for several years and been watching the transformation. It has come a long way from when I started going there 15 years ago. The food is always consistant and their always friendly. The live music is an added bonus during the weekend and the new wine bar could be a little bigger and brighter but it's a nice getaway.
08/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Mad Greek Deli is the best greek food in pdx!! Not only is the food great but they have live music Friday and Saturday nights. I go every weekend and I always find something new and delicious to eat and drink. They expanded and built a wine bar and the selection is very impressive. It's nice after work to drop by, sit in the wine bar with friends. No matter where you live in PDX it's worth the drive to go to the Mad Greek Deli and eat great food in a relaxed atmophere!
11/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The restaurant is an fun, old, rehabilitated grocery store, and is run by a sometimes surly, but often not, Greek guy. The food is good, though, and plentiful. The original Mad Greek sandwich is great, and gyros are tasty, too. A nice place to get quick and good Greek food, and the setting is uniquely charming.