You don’t have to be crazy about mangos to try out The Crazy Mango Bar and Bistro at The Greene.
It’s an independent restaurant owned by Bob and Judy Silva, former owners of Bahn Mai Thai Cafe in Washington Twp. In April it opened in the space that previously housed Joya’s Bistro near the Von Maur department store.
Crazy Mango offers “stone-fired pizza, gourmet burgers, international wings and hand-cut fries served up with global flair,” the restaurant’s owners say in their mission statement. In July they’ll offer a 9-day Running of the Bulls celebration featuring Spanish cuisine, and you’re encouraged to come and dress the part.
The atmosphere’s fun in this upscale bistro that features generous-size booths, tables and extra-comfortable leather dining chairs. It seats about 100 inside and 38 on its patio.
Menu: The regular menu has appetizers, such as Samoan Shrimp ($8) and fresh cut fries with kosher salt ($5). Salads include Fajita Grilled Chicken ($12) served cold with Chichuahua cheese. Wings include Argentinian Chimichurri and Cuban Mojito. Wing and drum combo, $9; all drums, $10; boneless, $10. Sandwiches, like the All American Bacon Burger ($14) and the Bison Burger ($16), are served on a freshly baked Kaiser roll. The pizzas are stone-fired ($10/$15). They offer specialty pizzas, like The Mediterranean, or you can build your own. Don’t pass on dessert. This may be the best part of the meal. There’s Made from Scratch Chocolate Cake! ($6) served with raspberry coulis and vanilla bean ice cream and caramel or hot fudge.
What we tried:
- Big Wave Golden Ale, made by the Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii, $5: It’s like a bitter version of Blue Moon. “On the first wave of drinks, I rode the Big Wave. My first taste came before the appetizer. It had an orange flavor with a little more bite,” Sandy said. “It was gone before the appetizer appeared.”
- Lake Erie Monster, made by the Great lakes Brewing Company, $5: This India Pale ale from Cleveland has a higher alcohol content than most beers, 9.1 percent. “The Lake Erie Monster reared its not-so-ugly head as it topped my beer glass,” Sandy said. “Anticipating that first sip of this dark and heavy brew, I eagerly stood up to the Monster and came back a bit surprised. My first thought was dish soap, but it wasn’t unpleasant, and clearly people like that flavor. But I preferred the Big Kona.”
- Mango Cocktail, with Absolut, fresh mango and pineapple juice, $7.50 “When you drink this, you feel like you’re on vacation,” Connie said.
- Mango Martini, $7.50: Before you take a sip, take the time to enjoy its wonderful tropical fragrance. “It’s fruit punch with a kick,” Connie said.
- Burmese Roasted Garlic & Chives Sticks, $6.50: These are a cross between a breadstick and an eggroll. There’s the right amount of creamy roasted garlic and chive sauce wrapped up in a crispy spring roll wrapper, served with Thai sweet chili sauce. “They’re warm and have a fabulous texture,” Connie said.
- Crazy Mango Pie (Stone-Fired), $10-15: “That’s my new favorite pizza of all time. The first blast of flavor hit me like a ton of bricks,” Sandy said. The crust is light and flaky; it’s also eggless and therefore vegan friendly. Instead of tomatoes in the sauce, say hello to cream cheese.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Skillet, $7. Despite how much we adored the pizza, this dessert was the piece de resistance of the meal. We had ours with pecans in it. The cookie’s cooked on a cast iron skillet in cinnamon butter. It’s served warm with ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry on top. “It’s a nice sensation of hot and cold,” Sandy said.
Here are the bare necessities:
CRAZY MANGO BAR AND BISTRO AT THE GREENE
81 Magnolia St., Beavercreek
Open: Monday-Thursday, 4 – 10 p.m. (happy hours, 4-6 p.m.); Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(937) 431-3822 (reservations accepted)
Prices: Starters range $4 to $8, entrees from $9 to $ 18.
For more information: (937) 431-3822; http://crazymangobarandbistro.com
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Connie Post and Sandy Collins are two of Dayton Daily News’ Dining Divas. They are culinary thrillseekers who visit restaurants throughout the Dayton area to save you time and money. Where should they go next? They welcome your ideas at email@example.com.