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Looking for good gyros in Boston

stepgall Nov 8, 2006 12:49 AM

I spent a few weeks in Greece this summer and am dying for a good gyro and shwarma in Boston. Do you know of any places?

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    Zatan Nov 8, 2006 01:52 AM

    Rami's in Brookline for great Shawarma; not the ground mystery meat one often sees, but real slices of marinated lamb stacked on a skewer and raosted. Yummy with all the toppings. Falafel is really good there too. Steve's on Newbury has some good Greek food though I have not had the Gyros so cannot vouch for those. Octopus Stofado comes to mind, something I have not seen elsewhere in Boston.

    1. MC Slim JB Nov 8, 2006 02:54 AM

      Turkish, not Greek, but the best I've had of its type in Greater Boston: donner kebab at Brookline Family Restaurant in Brookline Village. The real deal: crusty on the grilled side, tender and juicy on the skewer side. The rest of the menu is simply wonderful, too.

      A decent, commercial gyro sandwich (gyro probably not made on the premises, but the rest of the ingredients are fresh, the price is right, and the owners are sweet) can be found at Billy's Coffee Shop on Berkeley St in the South End.

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        bee Nov 8, 2006 02:58 AM

        Steve's gyros on Newbury are pretty good. (I haven't been to Greece, so I can can only say that I enjoyed them...having no ideas as to their authenticity.) I also have found the ones at Zoe's diner on Mass Ave near Harvard Sq. to be pretty tasty.

        I had a Greek roomie in Brooklyn for awhile who came home one day from a sewing class with a sort of odd conical barrel-shaped pillow of a stuffed animal she had made. She explained that it was the Gyro animal. (Imagine the shape of the rotating gyro meat...)

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          chuck s Nov 8, 2006 10:34 AM

          Try the Greek Corner on Mass Ave. in North Cambridge. Tasty and packed. I get mine with added feta. Try one with a side of Greek fries.

          1. Luther Nov 8, 2006 09:04 PM

            I like Greek Corner's version a lot. Now that is an addictive sandwich. The souvlaki is also great if you want a slightly different texture.

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              jenga Nov 8, 2006 11:20 PM

              I'll third the vote for Greek's Corner. I went there for the first time this past weekend, and it was the best gyro I've ever had.

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              jcanncuk Nov 8, 2006 09:06 PM

              I second the rec for Brookline Family Resto (it's Turkish) and would add Shwarma King on Beacon St just West of Coolidge Corner (near Park St). I lived in Montreal for 10 yrs and truly missed good middle-eastern food until I found Shwarma King (it is lebanese, but great!).

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                A.A. Nov 8, 2006 09:49 PM

                I second Shwarma King, and also recommend Sultan's Kitchen on State St. in the Financial District. A bit more money than I'd normally spend on lunch, but well worth it.

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                  missthebagelsbadly Nov 8, 2006 10:49 PM

                  chicken shawarma at SABRA in harvard sq. vertical spit, carved fresh. very, very, good. add hots for the perfect pita sandwich.........

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                    tomaneng Nov 9, 2006 12:39 AM

                    We like the gyro from Farm Grill in Newton.

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