The car trip home from Las Vegas to Los Angeles is one of the more loathsome U.S. road trips out there. Thankfully, there is an oasis in the desert.
As you make the 4.5 hour journey along desolate I-15, there is isn’t much to see. Once you leave the outskirts of Las Vegas, you essentially hit three small towns until you again reach “civilization” in the outskirts of Los Angeles. First is Primm, a the Nevada/California border, next is Baker, and last is Barstow.
Leaving Las Vegas, you will see billboards for a restaurant called Mad Greek Cafe in both Primm and Baker. Both are excellent, though the original restaurant is in Baker.
Typically, I will leave Las Vegas about 4-5 P.M., meaning the trip home coincides with dinner time. Stopping at The Mad Greek Cafe has become a new favorite tradition.
The restaurant is quite eclectic…in a good way. There is Greek food on the menu, but also American and Mexican food. The decor is quite dated…also in a good way.
There’s just something about it that I like so much. During my last Vegas trip, it was approaching 8:00 P.M. and we were hungry. We parked at the Tesla Supercharger station, which is about 3/4 of miles down the road from the restaurant. Although the sun had almost set, the desert heat remained brutal…it was a long walk.
But considering all the calories in the food, probably a necessary walk as well. My favorite dish is beef/lamb gyros. If you’re on a diet, it is a delicious cheat meal and totally worthwhile. The hummus and French Fries are also good.
I chuckle that little roadside restaurants in the middle of the desert become so important, but I love the Mad Greek Cafe. I truly do. You can find it at 72112 Baker Blvd in Baker, California 92309.
Admit it, don’t you also have favorite junk food hole-in-the-wall restaurants you stop in when making familiar road trips? Isn’t that a small joy of travel?