Baker, CA

Not much is going on in Baker, but this small town in the middle of the desert has at least one reason to stop if you’re driving between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

 

Mad Greek Café

Stopping at the Mad Greek Café seems like a ritual for all my friends who drive between the two cities, so I decided to check it out for myself. I was immediately greeted by a blue and white exterior lined with Greek statues.

Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Mad Greek Café

Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Mad Greek Café

If the exterior isn’t enough, the restaurant looks like a tornado hit Greece and everything landed in Baker. It’s decorated with the same blue and white colors of the Greek flag along with photos, statues, and messages in both Greek and English. Gaudy but fun.

Ordering area at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Ordering area

Quotes and photos of famous visitors at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Quotes and photos of famous visitors

Dining area at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Dining area

A wall at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

A wall

Dining area at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Dining area

List of famous and honorary Greeks at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

List of famous and honorary Greeks

A wall at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

A wall

Dining area at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Dining area

Above the exit at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Above the exit

How’s the food? I’ve had better, to be honest, but the atmosphere is the real reason to stop. The best meal I’ve eaten is the souvlaki with fries. The Greek coffee is terrible, but the sweets are ok.

Souvlaki at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Souvlaki

Sweets at the Mad Greek Café in Baker, California

Sweets

 

World’s Tallest Thermometer

What else is there in Baker? Look out for the World’s Tallest Thermometer. It was built in 1991 to commemorate the world record 134° F recorded at nearby Death Valley on July 10, 1913. The thermometer stands 134 feet tall and is capable of displaying temperatures up to 134°. The ridiculous electric bill is paid for by sales from the Temp 134 Gift Shop at its base.

World's Tallest Thermometer in Baker, California

World’s Tallest Thermometer

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