Seattle >Food & Dining > Taki's Mad Greek
8539 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.690973 -122.376812
Neighborhoods: Ballard, Crown Hill
Family Run - Worth Your Attention – So, if you're into fast food, there are plenty such places around. The catch, of course, is that whatever you get at a fast food place is EXACTLY the same as what the next person in line gets and the next and the next (and generally flavorless, to boot, not to mention crazily unhealthy and pre-processed).
Conversely, Taki's delivers great, spectacularly flavorable food at a decent price (yes, you will pay more for hand crafted meals), and it will be prepared by Taki, himself, fresh to order.
The Mad Greek Special, which includes various kabobs with a salad and rice or potatoes for under $15 is fantatstic. The Gyros are also amazing, as are the souvlaki plates.
Great food from real people ( as opposed to faceless, corporate mega-marts that could care less if you come back...or ever eat again, for that matter) that has a real neighborhood feel? Yes, I believe that is what Seattle should be about.
Closest you’ll get to dining in Greece – Taki’s is an amazing family run restaurant with huge flavor and spirit in a tiny location. The food is some of the best I have ever had (and I have visited Greece and thought I’d never have better). Their service is great all the time but if you don’t like lots of noise, waiting or crowds I recommend going at an off time since their location is very small. They don’t serve their pasta dishes on Saturdays because they have music, singers and belly dancers (I believe that Taki himself actually plays, it seemed to me that he and another man were switching between music and cooking the night we were there, which just adds to my love of Taki’s). Portions are huge and prices are small and I have never ordered anything that wasn’t terrific. I always take guests here and it is always a pleaser.
Magical evening in Greece – This is my first citysearch review, but my experience at Takis was so fantastic that it compelled me to review it. The food was exquisite, service was friendly and the ambiance was awesome. I don?t know if we went there on a special night but we had belly dancing, Takis music, as well as two singers. I felt like I was transported to Greece with the constant shouting of Ompah and an old woman creating a Greek conga line and teaching the audience how to dance. On top of that the food was spot on. The Skordalia had just the right amount of garlic, my Fiance's chicken slouvaki was huge, and the Spanikopita on my veggie plate was to die for. All of that plus two glasses of wine came out to be $40!!!! All in all it is a fantastic restaurant and I look forward to visiting again.
I would pick this place for my last supper. – I stopped in on a sunny weekday afternoon with a friend. We drove around Ballard for almost an hour hunting down a Greek restaurant, and stumbled upon Taki's. We decided to get a gyro each (lamb for me, chicken for her) and split an order of garlic fries, although we'd really wanted spanakopita (sold out, we were informed) and baklava (ditto). The tab came to less than twenty bucks, and even though it took FOREVER to get our food, we tipped the young waitress. She was nice, and the food smelled amazing. We got to see Taki handshave our meats from a huge block hanging over the stove, and enjoyed looking at the gratuitous photos of Taki playing concerts from when he was a young Greek import to L.A.
We went to a nearby park and were eyed jealously by humans and birds alike. It was more food than either of us could handle, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The gyros were fresh and messy, and the yogurt sauce was incredible. I had feta on mine and my friend didn't; she came to regret it. The garlic fries were standard--big chunks of fresh garlic, though, made them some of the best I'd ever had.
I fully intend to go back and get that damned spanakopita.
The Great Greek – OK after researching many Greek restaurants I decided to try this one. The reviews were on target. We started the Saganki and Hummus both were excellent but for the price there could have been a little more hummus and at least one more pita. OK now for the main meals. We ordered the Gyro, Avgolemono Soup, Chicken Souvlaki and Lamb Souvlaki. Each was excellent and there was more than enough food on the plate. The only draw back is that the they used dill a little to much, but this was the only con I came across. The service was good but we did go during the off peak time so it may or may not be the same during rush hour. They were very pleasant and check on our status with out overdoing it. I would recommend it to my friends and take any out of town guest there. I plan to go back on a Saturday night to see how it is with the live music.
Editorial Review – Souvlaki, moussaka, spanakopita and other traditional Greek dishes, along with live music and belly dancing, at this Crown Hill spot.
Fantastic food! – I've tried nearly their whole list of Greek entrees, and have not been disappointed. I love the friendly service I get every time, and always make sure i get a delicious piece of baklava! Taki and Kiki have my business for life!
OK Food – It was tasty but lacked the freshness
I had a Gyro and it seemed that it was on the heating tray for a few hours
My wife had their special and again lacked fresh flavor
Taki's Mad Greek – This place is great. Truly an authentic greek resturant that has amazing food. If you are in search of a great bite of greek I recommend this place. Call ahead though on the weekends as it can be very busy.
Best Souvlaki/Kabobs in Ballard – This place was formerly Taki's Pizza, which served Greek Pizza as well as the current menu. The pizza is gone, but the wonderful Souvlaki is still there. The owners staff the place and make you feel right at home with Greek Music by the owner pipes through the speakers. Platters are recommended and the portions are huge for the price. I have never been able to finish one. Everything in this place is handmade, and the deserts are everything from classic baklava to halva. Wines are a good value also. My favorite is the Lamb Souvlaki Platter with tender, marinated delicious lamb souvlaki, delicious fresh Greek salad, huge mound of rice pilaf, tatziki sauce and of course pita bread. Get the desert to go.
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