The Golden Greek, Fez and a bloody mary from Madison Improvement Club

20 Feb

One of my favorite places for lunch in the 80’s was The Golden Greek. At the time I was working at Accident Chiropractic on 35th Avenue and Northern, and this little Greek place was introduced to me by my boss, the wonderful Dr. Zellers. The food was just great. And still, it is just the same.

A couple of weekends ago Jack had a gig on the west side and I mentioned we should check out The Golden Greek.

The chicken souvlaki sandwich and gyros sandwich are winners. You get a Greek side salad with each. They also serve Greek beer, lentil soup, hummus (you must try this) and baklava. We skipped the baklava this time because with appetizers, soup and sandwiches we were looking for a wheelbarrow to get out of there. You must go.

It is mom and popish, the original owners are keeping the place humming. It is clean, cheap and the food is wonderful.

Jack’s gig on the west side ran into two weekends (two weekends we could have tried to escaped town, mind you) and we decided to spend a day at the mall near the new Phoenix Cardinals Stadium. It is pretty neat. There is a Yard House (one of our favorite places for onion rings and pastrami sliders), a Johnny Rockets and also a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. On this visit we chose burgers (or I did that is) at Johnny Rockets, we both enjoyed shakes and malts, along with unlimited fries and Jack opted for a hot dog. Their food is tasty, but it is recommended you make this your main meal of the day. Again, a wheelbarrow might be needed to get out of there. Did I mention they have unlimited fries?


There is also a Cabela’s nearby, Jack took the opportunity to hop onto one of their ATV’s.


They have quite an impressive aquarium with huge fish that are native to AZ.  A cool place to bring the kiddos (and free, too).

Continuing with dining experiences…Linda invited us to Fez (at the recommendation of her lovely daughter Adriene) for dinner on Saturday night. I felt like the ugly duckling in the room. I was reminded instantly that I need to get my hair colored and cut, and my eyebrows and lip waxed. Let me just say, this restaurant is filled with beautiful people. Go there, and you will understand. And you will thank me, because the food is delicious.


I had a hummus burger on a ciabatta roll with a baby romaine side salad that was dressed with just the right amount of vinaigrette. And the colorado bulldogs weren’t bad, either. And be sure to get some sweet potato fries.

Ever since the nice folks at Chow Bella (The Phoenix New Times food blog) have been been writing about Brat Haüs on Scottsdale Road, I have been talking to Jack about going. He doesn’t need his arm twisted too much to eat a sausage. Neither does the kitchen wench. So, on Sunday we went. He chose the lamb sausage a french roll with carmelized onions and I went for the pork schitzel sandwiches. These are small (4 count ’em) and cute. On little hawaiian rolls. And they are filling. Jack enjoyed a beer and I had a cider, I needed something light from our Friday night of debauchery, I mean…dinner.

I almost forgot to mention that they have a charming patio so you can sit outside under very tall ficus trees (sun or shade, whatever  your preference). There is also an oversized Jenga game if you are, well… game.

Continuing with the food…we took home some lamb sausages from Brat Haüs. Yes! They let you take them home (3 come to a pound) so you can cook them any way you want. Jack made them with fettuccine pasta last night, along with some shrimp, basil and grape tomatoes, sauteed in olive oil. Yes, rabbit sausage goes well with shrimp, in case you were wondering. Leftovers for the kitchen wench’s lunch tomorrow (not pictured).

Also we decided to take home some dessert, Brat Haüs had sweet potato pie as their daily pie special. Trust me, you must get a piece of this pie.


After all, it is in the vegetable group.

Recently the kitchen wench had the opportunity to sample a bloody mary at Madison Improvement Club. They use horseradish. I highly recommend you get one of these to start your day.


On a Saturday or Sunday, of course.

Their latest email blast this week included this quote:

“We think it’s safe to say it’s officially patio weather!! and can’t imagine anything more siplicious than a weekend morning mimosa.  So on Saturdays & Sundays we’ll give you two mason jars of oj and a bottle of champagne for $20.  And if you just can’t wait for the weekend and ask nicely, we’ll probably sneak you that deal during the week, as well.”

Oh, my.

Heavens. Mercy.


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