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Feb 8, 2007 11:21 AM

Best Gyro in SF?

The title says it all. Whats the best gyro place in San Fracisco?

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  1. Depends on what you're expecting. I grew up in Southern California on gyros with heavily spiced, spongiform type meat that is shaved off the spit. You're not really going to find that in SF. Here, the meat is more in pieces, still on the spit, but not super heavily spiced. It's decent once you get used to it, but it may not be what you're used to.

    My current favorites are Mediterranean Spirit (Polk at Bush) and Yumma's (Irving between 8th and 9th ave).

    1. I haven't had any great gyros per se.

      My favorites are the lamb shawerma at Truly Mediterranean and the pork al pastor at Taqueria San Jose.

      1. Awesome, i live on bush, so the Mediterranean Spirit is pretty much in walking distance of me.

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        1. re: mediocreVW

          Don't be surprised if you have to add salt to theirs - I usually do. I especially like the chicken there.

        2. Has anyone been to Wilbur's in Cow Hollow, good reviews on Yelp, it's been on my list for a while...

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          1. re: mrsricho

            I tried Wilbur's (before the death in the family) and it was just OK. It's main attraction is that it's nearby.

          2. There is a place on New Montogomery and Misson called Ayola that makes a pretty good gyro. ( I thought their falfael was a little bland.)
            Gyro comes with the traditional thick pita, cuc and tomato salad and the yogurt sauce. I've gotten a few folks at work addictwed to them.

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            1. re: Sebby

              I found this place almost by accident one afternoon after a meeting in the city. I was stumbling around the city loking for something before I headed back across the bay to work and finally saw this place across the street after I walked out of about the 20th place that didn''t do it for me.

              Anyway while I wouldn't say it was the best I've ever had it was pretty good I will admit. I get bored of saying it on this site, but it is another dish that I simply cannot find a truly great comparision to what I used to get in England. the whole combination may be slightly difference, but it is close enough to warrant a comparison for a doner kebab from a good Greek chippy in the Uk to this kind of dish.

              A donner after a night of drinking is a joy to be hold, you simply haven't lived until you've staggered down the road trying not to spill a pita bread piled high with salad, meat and lots of spicy chilli sauce........I miss those days...

              1. re: Sebby

                I tried out the falafel at this place and it was kinda' nasty, like it had been fried up in some old oil or something. I haven't been back since, but maybe I'll try the gyro the next time around.