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Aug 20, 2007 01:03 AM

San Diego's Best Gyro

Has anyone found a really great gyro in San Diego? North County locations are preferred, but will gladly drive to other areas of the county.


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  1. I kind of like the ones from Daphne's Greek place. Other than that, there's a place in Hillcrest called Aladdin (next to Terra) that I've had a good falafel pita and also a gryos pita. The falafels were nice and crunchy on the outside, but not too dry in the middle.

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    1. re: leanneabe

      I know that everybody has different ideas about different foods but for me Daphne's gyros is by far the worst gyros ever eaten. I guess it has a lot to do what you are used to eat. I remember a discussion on this board with DiningDiva several years ago where she said that One the Border is the worst mexican restaurant she knows in SD. Whereas for me it is not great but also not really bad. The difference is that she grew up with Mexican food but in Germany mexican restaurants hardly exist and I ate mexican food for the first time when I came to SD several years ago. Greek food on the other side is everywhere in Germany (especially in the part I grew up) and has a very high quality. So I compare all greek food in SD to this standard and then Daphne's is just unbelievable bad. So far I haven't found any reasonable gyros in SD. The best so far (and still not good) was at Miramar Cafe.

      1. re: honkman

        I agree 100 % with you on this... I can not find Quality Greek in SoCal ?? I have to make my own :) To say Daphnes is good greek is like saying that Arco has great burgers. Nix Nix Nix Nix

        1. re: BRIANTHEFOODUDE

          There used to be a *great* spot for gyros down on India St. They made their own from scratch, instead of the prefab stuff everyone else seems to use. San Diego's Greek food scene is pretty poor, IMO, with the exception of Cafe Athena in PB. I don't get gyros there, however, so have no idea if those are any good.

          1. re: Josh

            That's it, Josh- all of the gyros meat is exactly the same- must eb from the same supplier...the sides are what makes the difference.

            Mediterranean Grill on India, right? It was wonderful.

            1. re: Cathy

              Mediterranean Grill on Washington or Garden Grill on India ? Both had/have some good items (especially Mediterranean Grill on Washington) but in both cases gyros is/was not one of them.

              1. re: honkman

                No, there's a place that used to be there on India. Don't remember the name. Just remember they made their own gyros and it was great.

                1. re: honkman

                  It was Garden Grill on India-that one was the best. But, I like Med Grill on Washington too.

          2. re: honkman

            Some of the best Greek food I've ever had was in Germany...but its been so long, its hard to remember the taste, but IMHO, Daphnes is at the bottom of the list...edible, but if in a crunch, you could eat it...

            1. re: honkman

              I have to agree with DD; On the Border makes me gag. It's just a bunch of processed food reheated and served. Yuck.

              You're right about there not being any outstanding Greek food here though there are a lot of good enough places. It would be nice if the Greek financial crisis encourages a few more Greeks to immigrate here.

              On the Border
              103 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020

          3. Funny you should Mexican and Greek food together, I don't know if you saw Rick Bayless's show on Lebenanese (sp?) and Mexican food down in the Yucatan. The show discussed how Gyro meat got incorporated into Mexican cooking. Gourmet mag also sez that one of the best taco places in the U.S. is run by a Greek Lady. Who knew! Anyway I get my gyro fix at the greek church in Encinitas but their festival comes but once a year.

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            1. re: littlestevie

              which is that best taco stand run by a greek lady? what's the name and where' s it located? thanks.

              1. re: kevin

                I saw it on Food Network on some show, as well. It's called Santa Fe Cafe, IIRC, and I think it's in AZ or NM. It's run by a Greek woman and her two greek kids. The portions are absolutely enormous.

            2. Thanks everyone for your inputs. Sounds like San Diego is just not the spot for Gyros (an item I learned to love on the East Coast). That's cool though; there's so many great options here. In fact, the first time I tasted a fish taco, I thought I'd never need to eat any other food item for the rest of my life. :)

              Has anyone tried Greek Village Taverna in Carlsbad or Greek Corner Cafe, also in Carlsbad?

              Btw, I've recently moved back to San Diego (Carlsbad actually) and I'm so happy to see such awesome discussions and recommendations here on CH; I think our fair city's culinary scene is improving everyday!

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              1. re: spaceout

                The greek corner cafe is good. Since the lagoon is so close, I wouldn't go at dusk or you will be eaten up by mosquitos. I did.

              2. Marketplace Grille in La Jolla has some really good stuff..
                I like Cafe Athena too.

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Anyone had a Gyro at Canada Steak Burger? I vaguely remember them being very good several years ago.

                  1. re: naven

                    Yes, my husband & I used to live in City Hights and loved the gyros from Canada Steakburger. The tsatsiki sauce was good, fresh veges, good fries.liked the souvlaki & the salad had an unusual, yummy,creamy greek dressing.
                    It's been years since we moved back East so I don't know if they're still open.

                2. I'm no connoisseur, but one of my favorite artery-clogging workday lunches is a gyros sandwich and an order of fries from Greek Bites on Mira Mesa Bl, about 2 miles east of the 805. It's a walk-up, and while it's owned by a Greek, the kitchen is staffed by a couple of fast-working Mexican guys. The gyros is sliced fairly thick and usually has slightly crunchy bits around the edges. What I like about the place is that the tsatsiki sauce is really thick and flavorful. I generally end up using some of it as a dip for my fries instead of dumping it all on the sandwich. The fries are those cheap, lower-grade type (short pieces), but they're well cooked and tasty. Hey, it's a joint, but I like it.
                  . . . jim strain

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                  1. re: Jim Strain

                    Does the tsatsiki have a lot of garlic ? For some reasons greek restaurants (but also italian) in SD seem to be afraid of garlic. After eating good tsatsiki no vampire should be around you within one mile.

                    1. re: honkman

                      Does anything *ever* have enough garlic? One of the few things I've ever sent back to a restaurant kitchen was a Mexican fish plate: "You call that mojo de ajo????" Greek Bites' tsatsiki has garlic, but not enough.
                      . . . jim strain