My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
Name: Randall Frazier
Occupation: Travel Specialist
Lives in: Pembroke Pines
Restaurant Pick: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
Restaurant Reviewed: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant on 1/31/12 at 6:00pm
I have been to My Big fat Greek Restaurant before on a weekend and it was so great to see the wait staff dancing and singing…I had a great time. Was there once for a holiday party, and it was a blast (and they gave out Ouzo)! Here is where you can step into a different world, where you will see the beautiful waters of Greece and enjoy the great taste of one on the most beautiful isles. There was no wait and the owners make you feel like family and the food makes you want to come back. This is the closest thing to the Greek Isles you’ll see without actually going there.
Name: Vanessa Peeck
Occupation: College Recruiter
Lives in: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Biscayne Triangle Food Truck Roundup
Restaurant Reviewed: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant on 1/21/12 at 7:00pm
We pulled up to the ample parking lot which was almost full, not quite sure what to expect. The exterior of the restaurant was covered in blue Christmas lights, with an American flag over the front door. When we walked in, we were greeted by the hustle and bustle of a lively restaurant, and a friendly host who guided us to our table. The interior of the restaurant was kitschy, the walls half covered in murals and framed traditional Greek attire. The furniture was a bit outdated, covered in plastic.
Our waiter, forthcoming with menu suggestions and pronunciations, quickly brought out complimentary garlic hummus and bread. While I would have preferred pita bread or veggies to sandwich style bread, it was a nice touch. I am a fan of garlic, so the strong taste did not bother me.
My two dining partners and I were mostly unfamiliar with Greek food, but we wanted to venture a bit beyond Gyros. I ordered the Spanakopita Platter which came with Greek potatoes, pita bread, a stuffed grape leaf and a Greek salad. My dining partners ordered the Filet Mignon Kebab and Lamb Shank.
Our food arrived quickly, and shortly afterwards, the music was amplified and a belly dancer came out to perform. After a quick costume change and a second dance, the wait staff danced once around the dining tables.
Our portions were very generous, and we barely made a dent; I would recommend splitting entrees. The spanakopita had a flaky, light crust with fresh spinach and herbs inside. My sides were well spiced but the peas had a bit of a metallic, stale taste to them. While I was mostly satisfied with my food, my dining partners were not as thrilled. The Filet Mignon was ordered medium but was bright red in some spots. While the Lamb Shank was tender, the sides of peas and orzo were likened to canned food.
Our waiter was a bit pushy about ordering dessert and coffee, but we asked for the bill.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to return, and due to the inconsistencies in food I would hesitate to recommend it to others.
Name: Quan Cao
Lives in: Boca Raton
Restaurant Pick: City Oyster & Sushi Bar
Restaurant Reviewed: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant on 1/29/12
We were seated almost immediately, as I had called in advance, and was informed that we do not need a reservation even if our name was taken down. Regardless, the spanakopita was fresh and the phyllo crisp, and my friend’s fried calamari was truly succulent. The salad with extra feta and kalamata followed the lemon chicken soup, resplendent with home flavor cooking. Our lamb chops were somehow over-grilled but we could still taste the flavoring with parsley, red onions, extra virgin olive oil and a hint of lemon. The dancing was way too short, but we enjoyed it nevertheless. By that time, the manager came over to the table and apologized for the meat being overcooked and had Sara bring us free dessert and coffee. The friendly service and the baklavas that melted in our mouths made up for the mistake, and the strong coffee was well brewed.
Location: 501 East Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach
Type of Cuisine: Modern Seafood
Accommodations for Children: Yes