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May 20, 2006 11:04 PM

Messini on the Danforth

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I went to Messini today to try their gyros and I have to say it was very tasty! They put french fries inside their gyros and then pile on the meat. The onions and tomatoes were fresh and the sauce didn't splatter everywhere. I will be going back to try some of their other items, but I absolutely recommend trying their gyros. Apparently, it's "normal" to have fries in the gyros in Greece!


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  1. While the gyros are authentic the service is indifferent to rude. Personally I would avoid and go to alexandros or squareboy instead

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    1. re: bluedog

      I agree on squareboy, the guys there are the most fun guys on the danforth

      1. re: hungryabbey

        square is fab! i lvoe them too, but this place is think is BETTER. i've never ordered a gyros fomr SB's only the soulvaki on a bun and chicken, but i've been told by my friend who lvoes SB that Messini's is better. Abbey, you have got to go TRY it and let me know!! it's by the Wimpy's on the Danforth west of Logan.

        1. re: chalenegirl

          I actually have had Messinis as well. And I did enjoy it. Theyre different though, and I really need to try them one after the other bc I cant recall which I like better. At Messini's they put the fries in it and I find it a little 'heavier' then SB.. so, it depends on your appetite I think. Though one day Ill have to try them a little closer together to get a better idea.

    2. I love Messini Gyros...their Vegetarian Pita, Village Salad,and Greek Fries(with feta and oregano) are great, too. One of the few Greek places that actually stacks pieces of meat on the spit, rather than using processed chopped and formed gyros meat on the spit, or gyros bricks.
      I've been at least 10 times and I've always had good service.
      Sorry to hear Blue Dog hasn't been as lucky.

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      1. re: sunnyside

        I'm sorry too!

        I also have to (cautiously, without accusaitons) add that on the last occasion we were there the meat in our souvlaki May just have been us however, and clearly others have had great experience here.

        But it was that combined with watching our drinks take 10 minutes to be delivered to us, while the waiter chatted with his friends, that have kept us from going back. In fact it was SO bad that while we could have (and should have) interupted his conversation we started to place bets on how long it would take for him to pay attention to us. Note that we were no less than 10 feet from our poured drinks and he was in between!

        1. re: sunnyside

          Messini is the best on the Danforth hands down. Repeat after me: NO ICEBERG IN THE SALAD!!!!!!!

          1. re: Fredster

            I haven't found a better, more authentic gyros in Toronto than at Messini. The place is great for take-out. That said, I've been unimpressed with everything else I've tried there. Stick to what they do best - gyros.

        2. The fries in the gyros is normal in Greece. Strange, but normal. I just came back and I was wondering where I could get an authentic gyro like the ones I had on the island of Paros. Thanks for providing the answer. I'll have to give it a try.

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          1. re: dinin and dishin

            They sometimes stick fries into pita sandwiches (shawarma, falafel, etc.) in Israel too. I don't mind it once in a while.

          2. i had my first Messini experience last night with a few friends. we all had the pork gyros ($4.80) (half ordered chicken btu they ran out of chicken, so the whole table ended up getting pork) and the pork gyros dinner plates ($10) as entrees. we also ordered the greek fries ($5) and the tzatziki ($4.50) as appetizers.
            the gyros were Amazing! they were so goood, very moist, and juicy. the meat was fresh and very tasty. it was rolled in a flat bread that was warm and SO SOFT. as prev mentioned there were french fries in the gyros, which gave it a really nice dimension. i would def. recc trying a gyro here!! the dinner plate came with a gyro, fries (the fries were medallion cut and very crispy), a bowl of greek salad that was covered in feta and was SO DELISH w. large chunks of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, with red onions and herbs - no lettuce!, the bread was also warm and soft, and it came with a black olive paste that was pretty good too. the tzatziki was very fresh tasting served on a plate with a few drops of olive oil drizzled on top and warmed flatbread. the greek fries were the medallion cut fries topped with melted feta and herbs. the boys were really enjoyed this dish but i found it a bit too oily. and one person ordered iced tea and it was extremely watered down. otherwise it was a great and affordable meal! i can't wait to go back and get another gyro.
            to respond to the above posts, i must mention that the 4 of us were there for 3.5 hrs and we had great service, the place was a bit cramped but the waiter was very nice. i also should mention that the entire time we were there it was PACKED, esp by the door which was jammed with ppl getting take out. in the eating area, i don't think there was a table empty for more than 1 min. lots of families and younger adults in the place.
            i will def go back for the great gyros!

            1. Don't know about their gyros but, their souvlakis STINK... and uh, I also had their so-called BEEF kebab pita, but I got a chunk of smelly-and-dry-as-hell lamb on it instead... couldn't send it back because I ordered take-out. I do plan on going back to see if their gyros are good enough to make up though.

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              1. re: satoorisme

                You want a good, cheap souvlaki? Go to King's Park at Pape and Mortimer. I've been going there since college 13 years ago and it's still the bomb. Stick to Gyros at Messini. They're really good at what they do. Can't stay I've had any service issues there, but that said, the servers are mostly young students, so I don't expect bistro service when I'm there.

                1. re: currycue

                  Does kings Park barbecue the whole lambs through the winter, or is this only available during patio season?

                  1. re: embee

                    Not sure. They changed owners recently (but the food has not changed and maybe even improved slightly) so I'd recommend calling first.

                2. re: satoorisme

                  I ordered a take-out lamb gyros from Messini about 3 weeks ago, and it was terrible: dry and teased like left over bits from the day before.
                  I know the chicken is good. The place just to the east (Lous Meats) has good gyros and souvlaki also.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    That's good to know. I noticed on my last visit that they've put in seats too.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      I just had the same experience. It was my first time and I was really looking forward to it after living on these for a couple of weeks in Greece. Imagine my surprise when instead of cutting fresh meat for me, they grabbed it from a pan. I felt like I'd been had when I got home because there were lots of bits that were just fat and none were tender. They seemed to have all the right ingredients on hand, but in the end they didn't pull it together for me. I'm not sure I'll return.

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        Loui's served me very pink (rare-ish) chicken before... beware