Crazy Mango is a really neat concept. Founded by Julie and Bob Silva, the Dayton Restaurateurs who formerly ran Bahn Mai Thai Cafe in Washington Township, this restaurant opened just a few weeks ago at The Greene in Beavercreek, serving west Dayton. The bar serves sort of an Americana of a few different kinds of cuisine, including a few memories from their former business, but the uniting thing is that it takes a lot of the classic bar foods and classes them up big time. The experience and finesse of this restaurant’s experienced founders really shines through in the food you’ll try.
The menu is topped with some bar favorites, pizzas, burgers and wings. The chicken chunks are excellent, they’re served with a zingy sweet-and-spicy sauce with a very slight hint of mint, and a little bit of lime to top everything off. It’s delightful. The signature Italian-style pizza, the “Classic Italian,” is topped with pepperoni and Italian sausage. A white pizza, it’s very filling and savory. The crust is good, though I wish the ratio of cheese to crust was a little more even. I’ll also suggest you get some water with it; without the tomato sauce it’ll leave you a little thirsty. There’s a “Crazy Mango Pie” which is a little more exotic and might also be worth a try.
I was also very preferential to the coconut shrimp, which are these extra-large jumbo morsels, breaded in coconut shreds and served with a sweet chili sauce, it’s the perfect kind of appetizer if you’re really hungry. It’s a little bit sweet-on-sweet, and could use something salty or spicy to really tie the whole thing together, but personally I didn’t mind this. Also recommended are the Thai Mango, the Mango Salad and the Mango Margherita…there’s definitely a theme.
The people are nice, and I found the service to be very professional. The restaurant seems to have seen more busy nights as it has picked up steam, but the food seems to come in a relatively timely manner, and the wait staff I encountered seemed trained and prepared to handle the influx. Of course I would be remiss not to mention the outstanding porch and how highly I suggest you sit out there on a warm night for a drink. All told, it’s a shame I never got to try Bahn Mai Thai, but this place is definitely a solid yes to revisit.
- If you want to know what to try first, I suggest the wings.
- The cocktails and drinks are different and interesting enough that you really ought to try one.
- Just so you know, there’s a porch for warm nights.