Good doner/gyros in MSP
On a trip to Germany, my son got hooked on Turkish doner. Is there anywhere in the MSP area that has good doner (or gyros, the Greek version)? Someone I know recommended Christos; is it worth a try?
For a nice gyro I'd highly recommend Shish on Grand ave (west of the intersection of Grand and Snelling)
Shish A Mediterranean Grill [DUPLICATE]
1668 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN
Doner is actually rather different from gyros - at least, what I've eaten in Turkey and Germany has been. Doner consists of thinly sliced meat (lamb and/or beef), which is layered with fat when it's assembled (before cooking). Gyros is usually ground and shaped.
Turkish restaurants are rare in MSP, and I'm not sure if any of them have "real" doner. But tell your son to try Istanbul Bistro in Wayzata and the Black Sea in St. Paul, then report back to us!
15718 Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata, MN 55391
Black Sea Restaurant
737 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
I agree with Anne that the gyros, even at Shish or Black Sea, are not really like the ubiquitous German doner--the bread, the meat, and the sauce are all very different. Both restaurants do serve nice gyro sandwiches, though, and are worth visiting on their own merits.
A better substitute might be a lamb or beef kebab sandwich. You will get the pleasing chewiness of the meat (missing in the pressed gyro) with a similar flavor profile (lemon, oregano, garlic).