My wife and I were in Winter Haven recently and were in the mood for Greek food (we’re almost always in the mood for Greek food). So we had lunch at the Krazy Greek Express in downtown. The original Krazy Greek restaurant is on Cypress Gardens Boulevard, out near Legoland. We went to the newer Krazy Greek Express in downtown.
The staff told us this location had been open about five months. It looked spotless with a neutral decor and some blue and white to match the Greek flag. It looks like most of their business comes from the weekday lunch crowd. The staff was very welcoming, we really appreciated the friendly service we received. The grill is in plain view of the customers, so we know that at least the meat was cooked to order. The menu offers a variety of pitas, gyros, and burgers, along with several meal combinations and sides. They have several vegetarian options, including dolmades and falafel. The original Krazy Greek location offers a slightly expanded menu.
This might help explain the spotless part:
We started with an appetizer of Greek fries (I had bottled water to drink and my wife had a fountain drink). In fairness, the only other place I’ve had Greek fries is the annual Greek Festival, also in Winter Haven. I’ve found different recipes online that vary in the type of seasoning and whether or not they include cheese. At the risk of blasphemy, I preferred these Greek fries over the ones we had at Greek Festival. They were lightly seasoned and had a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. They had a nice balance of not being dried out but not tasting too greasy. They may very well have started out frozen, but we liked the flavor and had no need for ketchup (which I’m told isn’t common in Greece anyway) or other dipping sauce.
For lunch, my wife ordered a gyro platter: gyro meat (a combination of lamb and beef), rice pilaf, a Greek salad, 4 pieces of pita bread, and tzatziki sauce for dipping. The gyro meat was perfectly grilled, very tender, and well seasoned. She wasn’t wild about iceberg lettuce in the salad, but the feta cheese and dressing (oil-and-vinegar based) were outstanding. She liked the rice and it complemented the gyro meat nicely. The pita bread had been grilled and tasted very good.
I ordered a pork souvlaki platter: 2 skewers of pork, pita bread, rice pilaf, a Greek salad, and tzatziki sauce for dipping. The rice is the only thing I wasn’t a big fan of. It wasn’t bad, but the seasoning tasted slightly “out of a box” to me. The pork, while being just a tad on the dry side, was nicely tender and deliciously seasoned. I’m not generally a fan of lettuce-based salads, but the dressing and feta were so good I enjoyed this one. The pita was cooked just right and the tzatziki sauce was a nice complement to the other flavors.
With tip our total came to about $36. Portions were generous enough with both meals that we had leftovers. We were very happy with Krazy Greek Express – cheerful service, plenty of delicious food, and a good location in downtown Winter Haven. The Krazy Greek Express is on West Central Avenue near 3rd Street Southwest. Enjoy!