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mediocreVW Feb 8, 2007 11:21 AM

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

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    Fig Newton Feb 8, 2007 11:57 AM

    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. Robert Lauriston Feb 8, 2007 12:09 PM

      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.

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        mediocreVW Feb 8, 2007 12:17 PM

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

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          Fig Newton Feb 8, 2007 12:21 PM

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

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          mrsricho Feb 8, 2007 02:05 PM

          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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            Melanie Wong Feb 8, 2007 02:49 PM

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

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            Sebby Feb 8, 2007 02:08 PM

            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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              rob133 Feb 8, 2007 03:10 PM

              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...

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                josquared Feb 8, 2007 04:24 PM

                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.

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                djh Feb 8, 2007 02:13 PM

                If you're in FiDi ... Oasis Grill on Drumm Street (across from the Hyatt). Great gyros, pretty good chicken schwarma too. After you've been a few times, they'll remember you and your order, including any tweaks or substitutions you like (and which they'll gladly accommodate)

                1. rworange Feb 8, 2007 04:02 PM

                  Has anyone tried the gyros at the new Saffron 685 on Townsend? I was really impressed with the food I tried.

                  http://www.chowhound.com/digest/1746

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                    rworange Feb 8, 2007 04:28 PM

                    What's the name of the Med place on Polk? I liked the food there ALOT and IIRC someone liked the gyros.

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                  2. shnigglebob Feb 8, 2007 06:10 PM

                    I love Goood Frikin Chicken out in the Mission at 10 29th Street. The menu is Jordanian and they have delicious chicken and lamb shawermas, falafel and mosakhan. They have probably some of the best hummus I've tasted in the city so far and if you're in the mood to get your hands dirty, their rotisserie chickens are scrumptious!

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                      jrhsfcm Feb 8, 2007 10:11 PM

                      I don't know if they make gyros at Sunrise Deli (Irving & 22nd), but the shawarma and falafel are quite good. There's a really good place on Kearny (north of Bush), as well; however, well, the name is escaping me. Perhaps someone else can help with my mental lapse? :)

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