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Jun 27, 2001 05:01 PM

Gyros in Boston area

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20 years ago, there was a place in West Roxbury that made the best gyros I've ever had. I've tried them in several other places, and none compare, not even in Greek restaurants. Of course, it closed 15 years ago.

Can someone please tell me where I can get a good gryo? The ones if Faneiul Hall are the best I've found, and that's not saying much!


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  1. Watertown is your best bet. Try Demo's (can't recall if that's the right name) on Mt. Auburn near on the Cambridge side of Watertown Square. Pretty good souvlaki, and I'm assuming gyros would be decent. Also, try the Greek diner on the Belmont/Watertown border called Andros. There are several other Greek/middle eastern places in the Lexington/Belmont/Watertown area worth exploring. In Cambridge, I've had decent fare at Greek Corner on Mass Ave past Porter Square.

    11 Replies
    1. re: Eric Eto

      Thanks for the tips! I'm in Malden, so maybe I'll try them all. ;)

      1. re: Anne

        Hi, Anne

        Welcome to you and all the other new hounds coming in via the Herald story! Boston's a great chowhounding city, and it's great to have you guys to share tips with.

        But one quick thing: the problem with identifying yourself as "Anne" or "Steve" or "Pam" here is that we have literally tens of thousands of users. So in addition to confusing the heck out of everyone, you're making yourself effectively anonymous.

        Which is a shame! The cool thing about this community is that it really IS a community, and we'll never get to know you, your taste and your predilections, if you use a generic, non-distinctive nametag. We ask that you use both first and last name, or a nickname, or any distinctive means of self-identification that will allow us all to get to know you. Be creative! Be witty! But, at very least, please be something other than "Tom", "Dick", or "Harry".


        1. re: Jim Leff
          Big Momma Anne

          Okay Jim, from now on I'll be Big Momma Anne. LOL I like good food, I'm not big, but I'm a Momma. I like good food, mostly with my young kids, but I love to go out to "fancy" restaurants too, just ones without too much pretense. I can put my own napkin in my lap, thankyouverymuch.

          1. re: Big Momma Anne

            Can you sing the blues? With a handle like that, you'd better be able to belt it out!

            I wouldn't want to sit with good posture surrounded by fine linens while enduring three hour meals fawned over by Frenchmen like every single day, but I do enjoy it for a change of pace. So long as the food's really good. Food's gotta be really good. Really really good.

            My problem is that for so many years, this genre--which represents .1% of the range of deliciousness out there--was considered the only one worthy of respect. I find that downright perverse.

            But just as we find appeal in garlic-permeated Egyptian holes-in-walls, salty clam shacks, sleek sushi parlors and testosteronic steakhouses, every once in a while it's fun to have a meal where metal covers are snatched off plates with a pretentious cry of "voila".

            I get a kick out of that sort of ethnic dining experience, akin to when the Greek dudes at the local taverna smash their glasses on the floor.


            1. re: Jim Leff
              Big Momma Anne

              I agree, I do enjoy a more upscale meal occassionally, but with small children, the occassions are far-between. However, I've found some of those meals less than worth the money I've paid. That doesn't hurt much at one of the down-scale restaurants, it's a lesson learned. However, when I'm paying big money for a meal, I want all the bang for my buck.

              I had a very disappointing meal at Julien at the Meridien a while back, and the waitstaff was indignant with my opinion. I choose never to darken that door again. I'll take the gyro, for 4.99.

              1. re: Big Momma Anne

                Yes, most expensive restaurants are disappointing. But that's not intrinsic to their price...most restaurants GENERALLY disappoint. Can't blame it on their price. As with anything, it's a matter of working hard to find the good stuff (and this site was built to help!).

                Sure, it takes a lot more cash to work your way through three stars, and I don't suggest that non-wealthy hounds work through them all with the casual profligacy we'd apply to the search for a slightly better breakfast muffin.

                But there are certain pleasures available only at a certain price level, and they're worthy pleasures, worth some chowhounding effort to enjoy.

                Of course I totally understand the extra level of anger which arises from paying $90 for a bad dinner, but it's not like I'm HAPPY when I pay $9 for a bad dinner. While I can't afford to do tons of $90 meals and do have high expectations, I try to stay cool and maintain my chowhound mindset, which involves a relaxed understanding that some bad meals must be ingested in one's quest for deliciousness, including some bad expensive ones.

                Yes, it's more economically perilous at this price range, but we've got to be brave! Otherwise we start sinking into the rut of choosing (when we choose to eat pricy) only the Officially Sanctioned choices, the buzz places where conventional wisdom sparks our hope that a special occasion meal will have a greater chance of being special. It's a trap!

          2. re: Jim Leff

            Thanks for the greeting.

            Actually it was the article in Saveur that clued me in to your terrific site.

            1. re: Jonny Quest

              Ah. Yeah, we had a real close press conjunction this week.

              By the way, both the Boston Herald and the Saveur article contained factual errors, which I've corrected in a posting called (logically enough) "Correcting Boston Herald and Saveur Errors". It's on our Site Talk message board, which I've linked to below.


              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/boards/sitet...

              1. re: Jim Leff

                Thanks for the link.

                And I've got to tell you, I love your site...wish I'd found it sooner.

        2. re: Eric Eto

          I've always been a Greek Corner fan, as I stumbled upon the North Cambridge location about eight years ago and was very pleasantly surprised by the food quality and price. The restaurant expanded a couple of years ago, and I think they pulled it off without a drop-off in quality.

          I recently noticed a new take out place called the "Greek Corner" in Harvard Square, in the old Stuffits location across from the Harvard Square Hotel (around the corner from TGIF on Eliot St). A friend whose taste I trust raves about the gyros, and though I'm not 100% certain, I think it's another expansion of my North Cambridge favorite. I'll get over there soon, but if anyone else has info on this place, I'd like to hear about it.

          1. re: Eric Eto

            Let me start by saying I love Demo's their kebobs are 2nd to none, the two soups they make (chickn lemon and black eyed pea) are no nonsense soul food, and strangely enough for a Greek guy he makes a killer Corned Beef and Cabbage (on Thursdays only) but the Gyro? Sorry, these are long patties he slices, so it's more of a burger deal. Next dooe to Demo's is Tabrizi bakery an Iranian owned cookie shop- this is world class; ckeck out the Papillion or his small Chick Pea flour cookies- to delicate to chew they dissolve in your mouth-