The Greeks, known for family-style dinners, lively music, and cuisine, use staple ingredients like olive oil, wheat and wine for their dishes. This combination makes My Big Fat Greek Restaurant a perfect fit for the family-friendly wine- and olive-producing region of the Temecula Valley.
Upon entering the double doors guests are welcomed with a big, Greek-style smile and “hello” from a host or the owner himself, Alan Krier.
Krier opened the restaurant eight months ago with his business partner Reeve Benaron.
The two wanted to bring to the Valley Greek-infused, Mediterranean dishes local residents can enjoy without needing a passport.
At My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, the atmosphere is about entertaining the guests who are catered to and treated like family.
“I love to get to know my customers and create relationships, getting to know them so well we banter back and forth with jokes and ribbings,” said Krier.
Having repeat customers means to Krier that he and his staff are doing things right.
“We work hard to maintain consistency in the quality of food we serve, the presentation and a helpful attentive staff,” said Krier. “If you order our Watermelon Salad which has heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and manouri cheese or the popular Colorado Lamb Chops, you should have the same quality of meal every time you come in and order.”
The menu at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant has a wide variety that can please many palates. They offer lamb served up as a gyro, or grilled lamb chops, fish such as salmon or trout, and appetizers like traditional Tzatziki or Dolamathes (stuffed grape leaves).
Guests can also enjoy a Greek-inspired American dish such as the Grecian Delight Pizza with feta cheese, gyro, pepperoni and green peppers lightly spiced with pesto or Athenian Spaghetti tossed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic topped with aged parmesan and feta cheese.
The weekends start early at My Big Greek Restaurant. On Thursdays, Jason Weber plays the saxophone for a jazzy atmosphere and on Friday and Saturday evenings Tatooli plays his Greek guitar.
“Tatooli is great at engaging the crowd,” said Krier. “Guests will start dancing and we don’t even have a dance floor.”
For New Year’s My Big Fat Greek Restaurant will be offering a special three course meal with champagne. There are two sittings, one at 5 pm and one at 8 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant.
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant is located by the Promenade Mall of Temecula at 26460 Ynez Rd., Temecula, CA 92591. To contact them, call (951) 296-2157.
Business hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can find My Big Fat Greek Restaurant online at www.mbfgtemecula.com.