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Best Gyro in the burbs

keby Jan 11, 2008 05:51 AM

Where can I find a great Gyro in the Chester Co. area?

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    katesprings Jan 11, 2008 06:54 AM

    Try The Olive Tree on Rte 113 in Lionville, wonderful Greek food!

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    1. re: katesprings
      Mawrter Mar 29, 2008 07:13 AM


      So, if I read the map correctly and I'm heading westbound on 113, it's west of 100 but before you get to business Route 30, correct? I've wanted to go to this place for years, but my dh has it in his head that he doesn't like Greek food.

      The Olive Tree Mediterranean Grill
      379 W Uwchlan Ave Ste 1, Downingtown, PA 19335

      1. re: Mawrter
        CindyJ Mar 29, 2008 10:23 AM

        You've got it right! It's also east of the Rt. 30 Bypass. It's next to a car wash, which (I believe) has a larger sign than the restaurant does.

        1. re: CindyJ
          Mawrter Mar 30, 2008 04:59 PM

          Thanks, lady!

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      EastPA Jan 11, 2008 04:38 PM

      Try Champps.. I know it's a chain, but I've ordered it there twice and it was great both times. Soft pita, meat strips plentiful and juicy, plenty of Let, Tom, Onion and taziki good.

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        snowy11480 Mar 13, 2008 07:34 AM

        I second the recommendation for The Olive Tree on Route 113 in Lionville, Chester County. This restaurant is all around a great place. Their Gyro's are awesome - my husband is hooked - and their greek salads are also amazing. To top it off, lunch is very affordable!! My husband and I eat here at least 2-3 times per month.

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          Dave H Mar 15, 2008 03:18 AM

          Try Willies Family Restaurant in Coatesville; used to be Zorba's. EXCELLENT gyro, chicken and pork souvlaki, and great greek salad. VERY reasonable and nice people. At business Route 30 as it runs through Coatesville and Chester Ave.

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            pamd Mar 15, 2008 04:55 AM

            At Mediterranean Grill (rt 30- mont co really) their gyro is really good, but more gourmet-ish. They use actual chunks of lamb rather than carved off the spit.

            For the typical gyro, a place must use a spit to get my approval- does Olive Tree?

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            1. re: pamd
              snowy11480 Mar 27, 2008 04:30 AM

              pamd - The Olive Tree traditional Gyro does not have chunks of lamb, i know that for sure. To tell you whether or not its carved "off the spit" i don't know. I need more info on what this means haha... sorry - not up on this gyro lingo:) But my husbands gyro he gets there looks to be more of a thin slices of meat...

              1. re: snowy11480
                pamd Mar 27, 2008 05:40 AM

                I've never seen any place use chunks other than Med Grill- it's not traditional.

                For a real good gyro- a spit is a metal thing that the lamb is placed on & then carved off to order. Other places (like diners/non-Greek restaurants) will have it already & just place it on a grill to cook. It's always thin slices either way- but you can really taste the freshness when carved off the spit. I usually just ask if it's on a menu.

                1. re: snowy11480
                  CindyJ Mar 27, 2008 07:51 AM

                  I could be wrong about this, but I thought the gyro meat at Olive Tree was thin slices of a meat loaf, rather than thin slices of just-carved-off-the-spit meat.

                  1. re: snowy11480
                    snowy11480 Mar 28, 2008 01:30 PM

                    Pamd - I guess you'll just have to ask if you go to the Olive Tree (or call) because looks like we're not sure on here. I didn't think it appeared to be a meatloaf of any kind... i could be wrong as well but thought it was a thin sliced meat. If/When you find out, you'll have to let us know the verdict on this one.

                    1. re: snowy11480
                      CindyJ Mar 29, 2008 10:25 AM

                      I'll be awaiting Pamd's verdict, too.

                      1. re: CindyJ
                        pamd Mar 30, 2008 07:16 PM

                        Ok...I contacted them & my reply back stated that they do not cut it off the spit, but it is prepared fresh to order. So, since it is a Greek place we decided to give it a try. We ordered 1 gyro platter & 1 chicken souvlaki platter, and a grilled calamari to start. All were very good & large portions. I would go back & order it again, although I'll have to get my best gyros (among other favorites) on a visit to Baltimore where I get it off the spit.

                        1. re: pamd
                          CindyJ Mar 31, 2008 08:01 AM

                          So how would you describe the meat in the gyro? Was it the texture and look of a slice of meat, or was it more the texture and look of a slice of meat loaf?

                  2. re: pamd
                    gjassman Mar 31, 2008 11:52 PM

                    pamd, Care to share your Baltimore location for best Gyro. Thanks.

                    1. re: gjassman
                      pamd Apr 1, 2008 05:14 AM

                      Samos in Greektown! Best gyro, salad dressing , potatoes, etc....It is inexpensive too. In a foodie town like Philly it's hard to believe we can't find a true Greek place like this. But as I stated, I did enjoy Olive Tree, so for now it will do.

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