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Good Gyros in LA?

jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 02:35 AM

I'm not new to town, I've just never spoken up on this topic before.

I have a hell of a time finding a good gyro in town. I can't name you three places that cut it off the spit the way it's supposed to happen -- but there are plenty of places that will sell you a gyro filled with sliced meat they pulled from a fridge.

I hope this doesn't turn into a debate on why Greek people never settled in Los Angeles. Not everyone selling a good gyro in other cities is from Greece. Also, I'm not sure "authentic" or fine Greek cuisine is the point here.

Bonus points if anyone has leads in LA (downtown, Hollywood, southside or westside) rather than the farther outlying areas. Thanks in advance, I can sure use the insight.

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  1. E Eto RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 04:41 AM

    Papa Cristo's

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      mattesq RE: E Eto Aug 12, 2007 08:49 AM

      Second! The best. Got me through my college years when they were only 4 bucks and were so big that you could have one for lunch and dinner. Now they are a little smaller and a little more expensive but still the best.

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        klaatu RE: E Eto Aug 23, 2007 08:38 PM


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        Burger Boy RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 07:46 AM

        The Greeks did settle in LA, Papa Cristos is in the center of what used to be a big greek area, San Pedro was very popular with the Greeks & the Italians. The Greeks also started lots of fast food places, Tommy's Hamburgers, Jim's Burgers where started by Greeks, Jay's Jay Burgers and many of the Burger stands, I think Astros was started by Greeks. There is a big Greek Church in Northridge. Then you have the Armenians, that started to come after WWII, Bezjians Grocery and several Armenian delis in that area (Vermont & Santa Monica) Partamians Bakery on Adams, still the best Lahmajoon in the city. But with times people relocate to other areas and neighborhoods change, there is a ton of amazing ethenic food in LA, HAppy eating and gain 5-7lbs for me. CIAO

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          paprkutr RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 09:07 AM

          Moishes at the Farmer's Market third and fairfax

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            JeetJet RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 09:14 AM

            I have had a good Gyro at these places along with other good things that they make. Gyros are not something I order all the time but if I hear that a place is good for it then i will try it. Each of these places were mentioned on this board for it and I agree that they do a good job.

            George's Greek Deli (Also try the chicken)
            318 Pine Ave
            Long Beach, CA 90802
            (562) 437-1184

            Frisco’s (Breakfast served by carhops on skates, try the pancakes, burgers are pretty good also. Skip the tuna sandwich – don’t do it)
            18065 Gale Ave.
            Industry, CA. 91748

            Frisco’s has three locations

            Tops (Breakfast burrito w/ pastrami & egg, salsa)
            3838 E Colorado Blvd
            Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
            (626) 449-4412

            Tops has several locations

            Connal's Burgers, Salads & Subs (Avocado sandwich, Egg salad sandwich, Burgers, Salads, Roast Beef, Pastrami, Corned Beef, Turkey Breast, Onion Rings, Boston Shakes)
            1505 E. Washington Blvd.
            Pasadena, CA 91104
            (626) 794-5018
            (North of the 210, West of Allen, East of Hill )

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              kek is khmer RE: JeetJet Aug 13, 2007 09:43 AM

              There is another George's Greek at 7th and Fig (Downtown LA). I've been to papa cristo's and found it to be oily and salty. I think George's is just as good if not better and it comes with a salad, which makes it a good deal.

              I think George's serves it from a spit.

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                JeetJet RE: JeetJet Aug 23, 2007 09:25 PM

                My bad. The Tops Colorado Blvd. location does NOT have gyros. The Other locations of Tops on Walnut in Pasadena, and T-Burgers on Foothill in Monrovia, DO have pretty good gyros. However, the Colorado Blvd location has a good Kobe cheese burger.

                Tops (Kobe Burger))
                3838 E Colorado Blvd
                Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
                (626) 449-4412

                Tops and T-Burger has Gyros

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                  Gina from OC RE: JeetJet Aug 24, 2007 05:07 PM

                  I tried Frisco's today - pretty good gyros, and I liked the atmosphere of the place too. What I'm really craving is a gyros with the meat cut off the spit - I think I will try George's next. Thanks for the info!

                  There's a new place out in Lake Elsinore which I saw mentioned on another thread - the owners are originally from Chicago, and they serve not only authentic Chicago-style pizza and italian beef, but also Gyros!
                  Joe and Tony's
                  16005 Grand Ave
                  Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

                  Haven't tried that one yet but hopefully I'll make it out there soon.

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                  epop RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 10:29 AM

                  mama voula's deserves a mention

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                    hrhboo RE: epop Aug 12, 2007 10:58 AM

                    I think Mama Voula's has closed.

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                      JeetJet RE: hrhboo Aug 12, 2007 11:05 AM

                      On topic

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                        nosh RE: hrhboo Aug 12, 2007 11:07 AM

                        Mama Voula's definitely closed over a year ago and became El Super Tacos, run by their neighbor Monte Alban. I like the new habanero salsa on my dollar tacos, but I miss the old gyros, all meat, with a huge plate of thin, crisp, extra-raw-garlicky fries, though they were somewhat on the pricy side at $9.

                        In W.L.A., there has been praise for Delphi, on the west side Westwood Blvd. between Wilshire and Ohio. I've been wanting to try it, but damned if I can ever find a parking space.

                        I may be confused, but I think I've heard of gyro options somewhere either at Olympic east of Bundy or Pico near Santa Monica College?

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                          epop RE: nosh Aug 12, 2007 01:30 PM

                          i thought their other location (i'm sorry, i thought it was called mama voula's as well, but i guess it is Ulysses' Voyage) near or in the Grove was still there. i'd only been to mama voula's but hopefully it is comparable. i've a taste for one as well

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                            epop RE: nosh Aug 12, 2007 01:31 PM

                            that is that falafel place on pico and 18th or so, which has decent falafel but awful gyros

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                              a_and_w RE: nosh Aug 13, 2007 08:51 AM

                              Monte Alban runs El Super Taco? Also, is the falafel place near SMC the Hungry Pocket?

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                                epop RE: a_and_w Aug 13, 2007 09:41 AM

                                yes, hungry pocket

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                                  vinosnob RE: epop Aug 13, 2007 01:52 PM

                                  Hmm, not sure if you're correct about who owns El Super Taco.


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                                    nosh RE: vinosnob Aug 13, 2007 05:15 PM

                                    El Super Taco is definitely associated with Monte Alban. I have asked. And if you need to use the restroom, they send you across.

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                                      a_and_w RE: nosh Aug 14, 2007 09:36 AM

                                      I have noticed that the chips, salsa, and refried black beans are all very similar. Hmmm...

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                                        vinosnob RE: a_and_w Aug 14, 2007 10:14 AM

                                        Usually Bandini's info is spot on, but perhaps he's mistaken this time...

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                          estone888 RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 11:04 AM

                          My favorite is actually in Baker, right by the Nevada border on the way to Las Vegas - The Mad Greek. I sure wish it was closer to Los Angeles.

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                            ns1 RE: estone888 Aug 12, 2007 11:09 AM

                            There is one in Garden Grove, on Beach! Exit 22 @beach and head towards Knotts. Sorry don't know the exact cross streets. I find the quality to be the same, without the ridiculous wait @the baker location!

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                              JeetJet RE: ns1 Aug 12, 2007 11:17 AM

                              The Mad Greek. That reminds me that so many years ago I enjoyed going to the one in Stanton. I wonder if these places are related?

                              Mad Greek Restaurant
                              12120 Beach Blvd
                              Stanton, CA 90680
                              (714) 898-5181

                              I admit that I like the chicken dinner and veggie plate at Daphnes and have been going there once a week this summer.
                              Daphnes Greek Café

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                                ns1 RE: JeetJet Aug 12, 2007 12:04 PM

                                I'm pretty sure they are related or used to be at one point in time; for the most part, similar menu/decor, and taste

                                god whenever i'm in that area, if i don't go to thai nakorn i go to mad greek!

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                              Dommy RE: estone888 Sep 13, 2007 11:05 AM

                              Hurrah!! I also love the Mad Greek! :)


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                              Burger Boy RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 02:44 PM

                              QT Hot Dogs on Woodman (4300 Block, I think), just north of Ventura Blvd. I was there today and saw your rotating verical spit with Gyros on it! I was there for the dogs otherwise next time.

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                                Swervo RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 12, 2007 08:51 PM

                                The Great Greek in the strip mall just off of Olympic and Bundy in West LA is a pretty small almost mall-typey greek joint, but I do enjoy their gyros and they do slice the meat off of the big vertical spits, not out of the fridge. It's in the same little complex as Good Stuff, a sushi place, and a strip club, but it is actually pretty decent.

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                                  chuck RE: Swervo Aug 24, 2007 03:43 PM

                                  The place in trhe mall at Olympic and Bundy is called Greek Kabob. I eat there often as I work across the street.I usually get souvlaki and hummos though.

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                                  Diana RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 13, 2007 08:38 AM

                                  The Firehouse in Encino/Tarzana in teh SFV is pretty dang good for Gyros.

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                                    BearCity RE: Diana Aug 13, 2007 11:34 AM

                                    Second the Firehouse.

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                                      wizardx RE: BearCity Aug 24, 2007 05:26 PM

                                      Third! the Firehouse has the best Gyros I have ever tasted, and Tony the owner is a great guy!

                                      Firehouse Restaurant
                                      18450 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91335

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                                        ns1 RE: wizardx Sep 13, 2007 09:23 AM

                                        Any comparison to the Mad Greek? Was supposed to stop by last week but GF wasn't hungry enough

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                                          SecretAsianMan RE: wizardx Sep 13, 2007 06:13 PM

                                          Agreed! They are excellent! Huge portions, extremely tasty, great meat. My new gyros favorite!

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                                        klaatu RE: Diana Sep 12, 2007 11:39 PM

                                        Tried it the other day. Very tasty gyros. Not the best tzatsiki, though.

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                                          wizardx RE: klaatu Sep 13, 2007 10:52 PM


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                                        robl RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 13, 2007 10:47 AM

                                        Though it is a chain, and Chowhounds will be the first to negate my post as such, my favorite Quick Greek Place in So Cal is Daphnie's....has been for 5 years. The Gyros Platter is a beter value, but to each their own.


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                                          nosh RE: robl Aug 13, 2007 11:35 AM

                                          I tried the gyro at Daphne's when I had a discount coupon many months ago. Insipid -- no char or crust, just a blah ground texture.

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                                            barefootpris RE: nosh Aug 13, 2007 02:01 PM

                                            Well if you ever in the SCV area there's a great place called Athena's on Soledad Rd. Best Gyro I've had in the area and great greek food altogether

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                                            Dogbite Williams RE: robl Aug 13, 2007 08:12 PM

                                            I hate Daphne's. I only ate there once, but their gyros was so awful I probably will never go back.

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                                              JeetJet RE: Dogbite Williams Aug 13, 2007 10:44 PM

                                              The chicken and veegie paltes with that great salad and rice are both good. For the amount of food and flavors for under $10 it is one of the best food deals in town. My wife and I share the 1/2 chicken dinner resulting in 1/4 chicken each, some salad, rice and pita bread for around $5 each. At the Arcadia location there is a sushi place next door, and if I am really hungry I get four pices of spicy tuna for under $3 and that really adds flavor to the meal for a little money.Thats why I like these places so much and will return.

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                                            jimmyodonnell RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 13, 2007 10:07 PM

                                            Thanks for so many good and quick replies. There are several places here I haven't tried and, like many things in LA, you have to get out and look if you want to find the best. I've got a few new places to hit.

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                                              Mando RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 14, 2007 10:30 AM

                                              Lebanese Kitchen isn Pas has great Shishk and Falaffel, though I've never had the Shawerma. Anyone care to chime in who has?

                                              Zankou has a pretty decent one as well.

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                                                Diana RE: Mando Aug 14, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                I dunno, lately, Zankou has let me down..I much prefer th Gyros at Firehouse to Shawerma at Zankou.

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                                                  ns1 RE: Diana Aug 14, 2007 11:44 AM

                                                  Is this the "firehouse" in Tarzana/Reseda you speak of?

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                                                    Diana RE: ns1 Aug 14, 2007 11:47 AM

                                                    yep! Yummy!

                                              2. SecretAsianMan RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 16, 2007 07:57 AM

                                                My enthusiastic vote is for Mediterranean Delight on Brand in Glendale (its tucked into a side alley near the Mann theater, just south of Border's Bookstore). Their gyros are fantastic!

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                                                  Gina from OC RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 23, 2007 07:21 AM

                                                  I've had a good gyros at Keno's in Anaheim Hills:

                                                  5750 E La Palma Ave
                                                  Anaheim, CA 92807
                                                  (714) 777-9511

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                                                    cimero RE: jimmyodonnell Aug 23, 2007 09:58 AM

                                                    Pita Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, just in from the corner of Van Nuys Blvd and Ventura Blvd. (south of Ventura, west side of the street - middle of the block) has outstanding gyros, always freshly cut off the spit. All their middle eastern food is excellent and you have to try their hummas with the hot mushrooms....it sends me to heaven every time!

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                                                      klaatu RE: cimero Aug 23, 2007 08:40 PM

                                                      I love Pita Kitchen, but I think the gyros meat actually is tastier at California Pita down the street. Everything else is better at Pita Kitchen.

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                                                      Velvet Elvis RE: jimmyodonnell Sep 13, 2007 09:25 AM

                                                      I like the ones at Sam's Deli in Monrovia.

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