SF - Park Gyros on 9th?
- rworange Feb 15, 2007 10:08 PM
Glancing at the Waiter on Wheels menu, I noticed Park Gyros.
What's the verdict?
Reviews all over the place on Yelp. People seem to like the salmon wrap. What caught my interest was someone was horrified that there were French fries IN the wrap, not WITH the wrap. That was one of my memories of Greece, sandwiches with a layer of fries.
Seems like they have free delivery too so WOW might be unecessary.
The sight says it is under new management, but who knows how long that has been there.
I have been once, about a year ago, though i only live a walk away. i enjoyed their skewers, hummus, pita, and salad. i don't think i liked their babaganoush
I've been once for dolmas, pita/hummous, and a falafel wrap, all of which were fine. I'd recommend taking thiings to go to the botanical gardens if it's nice out.
One oddity is that they randomly serve a sub called the 'Atomic' which is identical to Submarine Center's signature sandwich. Also, if you search Google Local for 'Submarine Center,' the Park Gyros address comes up as a second location. I talked to the guy behind the counter at PG and he said the two shops aren't related -- anyone had the PG Atomic?
I love their babaganoush, its really smoky and has a great texture. They do have free delivery, so I don't know why you would need WOW. I don't have much experience with the rest of the menu but the babaganoush is top notch.
I love their rice pudding. It's a great place to stop if you're on the way to or from the park.
Park Gyros is a nice addition to the food scene in the Inner Sunset (especially as Yumma has really gone downhill). The falafel sandwich is a good one (and he does throw some fries in the wrap). I typically ask for it spicy and they never skimp on the hot sauce. Shwarma is good as well. The wraps are never dry, which can be a problem with other falafel huts i've gone too. The hummus appetizer is good. It's the smooth and creamy variety of hummus (israeli/lebanese style...kind of).....not heavily spiced, but he dusts it with hot paprika and a pour of olive oil. I typically get a side of fries too as he always makes them real crisp. They are just frozen fries or something, but he does a good job cooking them. The owner is really cool. Always throws in a dessert (since we're in there a bit). And they have good hot sauce on the table.
I went a couple of weeks ago without expectations of much. I was delighted to find that their falafel are fried to order. I had a falafel plate that included 5 falafel balls, hummus, delicious eggplant salad, a huge greek salad and a basket of pitas. My mother had a combo gyros (lamb, chicken, and beef), which was very tasty.
The place was clean, the guy behind the counter was nice and offered my mother a spoonful of the tabouleh when she asked him what it was.
Altogether it was a very satisfying lunch.
I went there a few times soon after they opened in search of a good gyro sanwich. As the notes from previous posters make clear, this is clearly a Middle Eastern kind of place, not Greek, and as a result the gyros were all wrong. Wrong kind of bread (more like a schwarma wrap), wrong kind of sauce. I guess I'll have to abandon my hope for gyros from here and try the falafel!