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  1. Do you mean real souvlaki (i.e. pork cubes in pita) or gyro (in pita)? In any case and IMHO, I think by far the best is Nostos on L'acadiemostly for their gyro pita but also for their souvlaki pita. Good runner-ups are Village Grec (Parc-Ex location mostly) and Marathon. I never understood the polls that claim George Souvlaki is the best; I thought it was very average and so is Arahova (with some locations being downright awful. Then again, if you've had it in Greece, you will never want to eat anything here; it just doesn't compare. BTW, avoid Kojax Souflaki at all cost; not only is it horrible and vile, they don't even spell it right!

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    1. re: hungryann

      I haven't tried Nostos (will do), but with regard to the rest of your opinion I do agree with.

      1. re: hungryann

        George used to be very good a few years back, but there was a change of management (possibly ownership as well but I'm not sure) and it went downhill fast. I think the fact that they keep getting voted best souvlaki in the city has more to do with brand loyalty than with their current offerings.

        1. re: Moosemeat

          My favourite place is Agora on Somerled in NDG.
          It takes awhile as they cook everything fresh, but well worth the wait.
          They have insanely cheap lunch specials

          Also pretty good is Parthenon on Van Horne & Cote Des Neiges.
          Hands down the best Tzatziki in Montreal and it is also a BYOW

          1. re: InterFoodie

            Parthenon is the best tzatziki cos it makes my mouth burn with garlic!

        2. re: hungryann

          I agree that Nostos & Village Grec are best by far, if you're talking about gyro. Never tried the souvlaki at Nostos, & I think I tried the souvlaki at Village Grec once, but it was longtime ago. Marathon for their souvlaki I presume? Does it make a difference at which Marathon location(their laval locations & Decarie Expressway location)?

          1. re: BLM

            No diffrence...both are equal. There is also a WI location, which has the same quality. Marathon also does gyro; both the gyro and souvlaki are good but the pita is a little chewy. I prefer the fluffier pita and that's more traditional than using the arabic pita.

            1. re: hungryann

              The Marathon locations throughout Montreal, I'm guessing are owned & run by the founding family(meaning they're not franchise operations)?

          2. re: hungryann

            "Real" souvlaki is not necessarily porc. In fact, lamb is more authentic. If done well, any meat is good. (And, of course, gyro is not souvlaki, tho I love a good gyro sandwich. )

          3. Had to mention two souvlaki components that are top notch: the tzatziki at Village Souvlaki (Decarie & Sherbrooke) is excellent - very creamy, lots of cucumber shreds, but not too garlicky like I find the one at Arahova. I also love the fluffy pita bread at Terasse Lafayette (Villeneuve & Jeanne-Mance) - not sure if it's homemade or what they do that makes it different, but it's tremendously tasty and fluffy. Will try some of the other recs here - if I could ever find amazing chicken, pita & tzatziki in one place, I'll be in souvlaki heaven for sure. :-)

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            1. re: kpzoo

              Yes, all the breads at Terrasse Lafayette are house made. Their tzatziki is excellent too. Add high-quality grilled meat and you have the makings of one of the city's better souvlakis. Plus it's BYOB. Too bad their doner isn't up too snuff.

              1. re: carswell

                Lafayette is horrible. Went for takeout souvlaki and stood around forever and finally got like yesterdays food. Cold garbage. Sorry.

              2. re: kpzoo

                I have never had great chicken souvlaki anywhere in Montreal. I never knew about TL. I will give it a go soon!

                1. re: kpzoo

                  It's Villa du Souvlaki on the corner of Sherbrooke and Decarie. And it's by far one of my favorites. Go before 3 for lunch specials. I always get extra tzatziki to dip their yummy fries in.

                  1. re: causeimhungry

                    Thank you for correcting my 2+ year-old error. ;-) Must have been mixing it up with Village Szechuan up the street on Decarie.

                2. La Ligne Rouge (a.k.a : the Red Line) on Jean-Talon corner of Saint-Denis (next to the Jean Talon Metro's most western exit -Direction Marché) is my guilty pleasure and the only place I can still recommend for souvlaki.

                  The pork is fresh (not manufactured and frozen in Markham), tender and spiced right. The tzatziki will assure you people (even bank tellers behind protective glass) asking where you ate for at least a week. Drive back home with the windows open even in a snowstorm and enjoy!

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                  1. re: Junior Warden

                    Is there a lamb souvlaki to be had in Mtl?

                    In Greece is souvlake ever made with lamb as opposed to Pork?

                    1. re: VivreManger

                      I have never found a greek one in Mtl; Abu Elias has a lamb sandwich that is really good.
                      Yes, in Greece, they have lamb souvlaki, however pork is more popular. Also most gyro in Greece is made with a combination of pork, lamb and beef and it is out of this world!

                      1. re: VivreManger

                        I had lamb souvlaki the other day at the souvlaki place opposite st. viateur bagels (sorry forgot name it is a chain) and i enjoyed it and it was reasonable cost then crossed the street to get my bagels and smoked salmon spread!

                        1. re: wilmagrace

                          Arahova Souvlaki St-Viateur from your description. That would be the chain's flagship & original location.

                          1. re: BLM

                            I hope I won't be kicked off the board (or worse, laughed at and ridiculed). But I am still a big fan of the Original Arahova (on St. Viateur) souvlaki pita and tzatziki. The fries have gone downhill ( I think they are using McCains or something like that), but the pita is still great. And I love their rice pudding. I don't order anything else from them.

                            ok. you can stop laughing now...

                            We used to have a Village Grec that we could order from in the Plateau, but that closed. Those were great souvlakis as well, and I have been meaning to go to the other store. But we are just too close to Arahova... it is too easy. The sins of laziness....

                            1. re: moh

                              They might of been the first souvlaki establishment in Canada, when they first opened on St-Viateur. No problem with liking Arahova Souvlaki St-Viateur, & they might still do these differently(for the better) than the other Arahova Souvlaki locations.

                              1. re: moh

                                Don't sweat it. I used to like it too until I discovered Village Grec and Nostos and then married a Greek man! It's good for what it is but I know for a fact Greeks refer to it as souvlaki for non-Greeks.

                                1. re: hungryann

                                  Gotcha... thanks for the distinction. I recall the Village Grec souvlaki well, it was really great and I obviously need to reconnect... will also keep eyes peeled for Nostos!

                                2. re: moh

                                  nothing hits the spot at 3am on a saturday like a plate of their old fashion gyro and grilled octopus. the grilled octopus is seeping with oil but at that hour, gotta take what you can get

                            2. re: VivreManger

                              VivreManger you still coming back to Montreal often? You can get lamb souvlaki at Yia Sou, a Greek eatery at 5375 Queen Mary(a little off Decarie blvd I think). It gets a very high rating in today's Saturday Montreal Gazette paper, reviewed by Sarah Musgrave. I haven't eaten there, so I can't comment on their food. Their menu is vast & varied.

                              1. re: BLM

                                I had the lamb souvlaki there about 1 month ago and it was very good. Highly recommended!

                                1. re: hungryann

                                  Anything else good there? Their menu is large.

                                  1. re: BLM

                                    The gyros was also pretty good. I haven't tried anything else.

                                    1. re: hungryann

                                      What kind of meat do they use for the gyro? I'm crossing my fingers for all-lamb.

                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                        hungryann, could elaborate more. If you haven't seen their menu yet. On their menu, they list authentic gyro & chicken gyro. Real Greek gyro is suppose to be all-lamb?

                                        1. re: BLM

                                          No, their gyro is a combination pork/lamb. I have never found all lamb in Montreal.

                          2. I was told by a Montreal restaurateur recently that most souvlaki eating establishments in Montreal, use a bit of mustard in their marinade of souvlaki(besides lemon juice, garlic, oregano, olive oil..etc). This is also the case with grilled chicken breasts, in many restaurants that serve them. Is this correct?

                            1. did anybody mention marven's in park-ex? they have my all-time favourite souvlaki. their lamb chops are good and i like their fried calamari too. it's best to go for lunch or an early dinner. line-ups out the door on weekends!

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                              1. re: djou

                                Marvins used to be one of the best...that is up to about 3or 4 years ago, when all of a sudden the quality dropped. I had gone back a few times, but the food is just not the same. The Pita on my last visit was so stale it was inedible.

                                I suspect that from the change in decor (most all the stuffed animals decorating the place were gone) that it may have changed ownership. Too bad, I really liked Marvins.

                                1. re: fedelst1

                                  i haven't noticed any drop in quality of the food (the same can't be said of the service)... but then again, i've been eating there for almost 20 years, so i probably wouldn't like any other greek food i try (i'm a creature of habit).

                              2. Just had souvlaki and yero pitas at Terrasse Lafayette after many moons away, and man,are those pitas delicious - soft, thick, doughy. And the tzatziki, so creamy and not too garlicky. The disappointment came in the meats - measly slices of dry yero and slightly better souvlaki though a little on the salty side.

                                1. I've been eating souvlaki in the Park Ave area off and on since 1976 . Anyone remember Salona? Park at Fairmount. Long extinct now. I loved it, but was only 13 so don't now know if it was really good or not.
                                  I dug up this post because my family hit Arahova on St. Viateur last night and I experienced the worst souvlaki pita of my life. I'm used to the usual one piece of grisly inedible pork that seems to be in every souvlaki everywhere (and diminishes it as a go to fast food, I might add). But I spat out (elegantly I might add) 4 of the 5 pieces of pork last night and left them on my plate. Told the waiter who grunted "Did I want another one?" I said no. To his credit it was off the bill without me asking.
                                  Arohova still has great tzatziki, that's about it.
                                  Still remember literally living off souvlaki pita at take out stands while traveling through Greece about 22 years ago. They were 50 dracma each at the time. 50 cents then. Super budget traveling. Anyone else slept on the roof of a hostel in Athens in their own sleeping bag for 1 dollar?

                                  1. Hands down best souvlaki is Marvens in Park Ex, also best fried calamari (although you should clearly get your cholesterol levels checked afterwards!) I was at Village Grec just this past Saturday night and I was very dissapointed, it's usually much better. Also good is the original Arahova on St-Viateur, but not their franchised ones. Nostas is super overrated and insanely expensive. Lunch there cost me $30! and all I had was the chicken pita platter with salad and fries - no entrée, diet coke, nothing to write home about!

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                                    1. this may come as a surprise, but van horne pizza in outremont makes a fine souvlaki pita. whatever tzaziki they use is wonderfully tang with just the right amount of garlic. back during my vegetarian days, I would get their vegetarian pita which the owner claimed comes with the best feta cheese money can buy - and I don't doubt it . heck i might go veg again just to justify its daily order!

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                                      1. re: celfie

                                        Well not too surprising, considering most pizzerias are Greek-owned.

                                      2. Hi,

                                        Being Greek myself and eating Greek food at least once a week I thought I would post my 2 cents.

                                        Marathon's (Never liked anything here, and i live 2 minutes away)
                                        Arahova (Great tzatziki, everything else is bland)
                                        Village Grec (Used to have best gyro and Souvlaki, now it is more miss than hit)
                                        Nostos ( So So, always takes forever for the girl to bring the bill)
                                        Mama's Pizza (Shameful because the owner is Greek, Disgusting)
                                        Alto ( Slightly better than Mama)
                                        Ace Deli (Slightly Better than Alto)
                                        Georges Souvlaki ( Had it once, it's enough)
                                        Elatos (Hands down the most succulent souvlaki I have ever tasted. Only complaint is they put Italian dressing on the Greek salad wtf, Following visits I always ask for Village salad with olive oil and it's terrific.

                                        As for Gyro, I am only going to mention the Real Gyro not that Chicago still crap most restaurants serve that looks like cat food.

                                        Arahova( Decent )
                                        Marathons (It is always very dry)
                                        Nostos (Decent)
                                        Village Grec ( As I said Hit and Miss, when it is good, they have the tastiest Gyro in town, when there off they are second best)
                                        Elatos ( Always Consistent but not as good as when Village Grec is at it' best)

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                                        1. re: chomedeylaval

                                          where is Elatos located and what is the closest metro stop, within walking distance?

                                          1. re: tombombadillo

                                            550 Jarry West. I can't remember if I've eaten there before(from the address).

                                            1. re: BLM

                                              Now I remember trying the gyro at Elatos years ago(maybe 10 years ago). Elatos was the first place I found real gyro.

                                            2. re: tombombadillo

                                              550 Jarry West
                                              514 273-5358
                                              Closest metro stations are Parc and Jarry, though the resto's several long blocks from each. Visit www.stm.info, click the Plan Your Trip link and enter your location and the resto's address; it will calculate the quickest route via bus, metro and/or train.

                                            3. re: chomedeylaval

                                              You should also try Tripoli; no gyro and the souvlaki does not come in a pita but the meat is tender and flavorful. Also some friends say that Panama's souvlaki is very good but I have never had it.

                                              1. re: chomedeylaval

                                                "Elatos (Hands down the most succulent souvlaki I have ever tasted. Only complaint is they put Italian dressing on the Greek salad wtf, Following visits I always ask for Village salad with olive oil and it's terrific."

                                                Stop by yesterday since I was in the area and it turn out to be my the best tasteless souvlaki plate I ever had. Leaving the place I also stinked like fried oil and all. People were very nice but didn't like their food at all. I had a souvlaki platter with 2 sticks.

                                                Anyone knows of a secret place for souvlaki??????
                                                my favorite place is parthenon. Love their tsaziki and souvlaki sticks.

                                                1. re: maj54us

                                                  believe it or not but van horne pizza in outremont does a good souvlaki. in fact, even their vegetarian version is on the very good side

                                              2. Arahova on St-Viateur is the best everything Greek.

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                                                1. re: yeggy

                                                  they definitely do not but it is the best food imaginable at 4am

                                                2. For me the best gyro in town is :
                                                  La Ligne Rouge
                                                  414 Jean Talon Est
                                                  514 277 2222

                                                  The gyro meat is always tender,moist,flavorful and no fat.

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                                                  1. re: satana_666

                                                    I'm not Greek, but I did grow up in Chomedey... and I have been to Greece a few times (so I can be a little objective)... and IMHO Marathon's really nails it.

                                                    Arahova's if you have no other choice... a little too fluffy and creamy for me.

                                                    Elatos... ummm... no way!! Bland and greasy. I'd sooner go to Decarie Hotdog.

                                                    1. re: rictitious

                                                      Update.
                                                      Well mixed reviews I see. Will definatly try out La ligne rouge this week, never heard of it.

                                                      I am on a low-carb diet and eat at least 3-4 times a week at these places. Maybe you should give some restos another try.

                                                      I had Arahova take-out today and it was really bad. There was 6 strips of meat and a ton of white sauce, that did not resemble tzatziki in any way.
                                                      Marathons yesterday was better than usual but still under par.
                                                      Village Grec Laval location is still good for Souvlaki and the salad is ok.
                                                      I still got to admit Elatos is the best overall. Try the one stick with doner meat and Village salad.

                                                  2. Ive always found the original Arahova on St Viateur was great. All the others are crap.

                                                    1. Here are some places I have tried and liked:

                                                      1) Parthenon on Van Horne (great tzatziki, if you like garlic!)
                                                      2) Nostos on Acadie (solid) and I like their greek salad.
                                                      3) Elatos on Jarry in a real nice neighborhood for their Elatos Sytle souvlakis (fries+cheese). Greasy!
                                                      4) Marvens on Ball (Oversized pita and ok chicken but a minus of the tzatziki). I have the fried calamaris when I go.

                                                      Ive had great chicken sticks at Orama on Parc near Jean-Talon.

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                                                      1. re: MarcMTL

                                                        I aslo second Orama. I have eaten at this restaurant about 5-6 times and everything is delicious, best loukoumades in Montreal. Tied with New Tripolis in Laval for best Greek food .

                                                        1. re: MarcMTL

                                                          I also second Nostos, never been dissapointed eating there.

                                                        2. My favorite will always be Villa du Souvlaki on Sherbrooke near Prud'homme.

                                                          Perfect balance of ingredients, creamy tzaziki, loaded with fresh chicken and vegetables and their puffy round potato fries are amazing and even better stuffed into the pita! I also like the brand of sweet ketchup packets they use (not heinz) Been going for decades and still just as good as ever!

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                                                          1. re: OliverB

                                                            Villa du Souvlaki was my go to place when I lived in NDG over 25 years ago. I love the round potato fries too, that are harder to come by now. But fresh chicken? I know, I know, chicken souvlaki has been around for years but souvlaki really is pork. I know, I know, it's really lamb. WTH is souvlaki pita anyway? Anything goes, I've never had a chicken souvlaki but I'm sure it's great. I've had so many grisly bits of pork over the years I'm willing to give it a try.

                                                          2. What do people in the St Henri region do for a souvlaki fix?

                                                            I know I probably shouldn't be touching souvlaki with a stomach flu, but I've got my first craving of real food in days and it's gotta be souvlaki! I feel too wrecked to venture out in the cold though. Is there anything edible by way of delivery to this hood? I won't touch S.George with a stick!

                                                            1. Wow, ok, I'm not sure whether it's been mentioned but I just landed on the awesomest Greek spot in the city. Move over Marathon and Marvin's... make way for Yia Sou on Queen Mary, a couple of blocks west of Decarie.

                                                              Perfect tzatziki, perfect pita, delicious meat, tangy tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers. Golden crisp fries. Friendly service, but a bit slow. Well priced (I think they have lunchtime specials) .

                                                              http://www.yiasou.ca/

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                                                              1. re: rictitious

                                                                I've ordered from them before and with a little persuasion, they deliver all the way to St-Henri! Reasonable price and fast, friendly service too.

                                                                Wouldn't call them near the best int he city though. Their souvlakis are good and the Greek salads are enormous meal sized, probably the best in the immediate area... but I'd still take Villa on Sherbrooke and Prud'homme any day.

                                                                1. re: OliverB

                                                                  I think Villa du Souvlaki closed down. I passed last week and saw a CLOSED sign.

                                                                  1. re: hungryann

                                                                    What! They were always so busy (with good reason!!!).... I hope they were on vacation

                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                      What time did you go by? They close fairly early in the evenings, like 9 or 10. I would be very surprised (and sad!) if they have actually closed down for good. I'll have a look next time I'm by there.

                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                        I just called, they are doing "minor renovations, just cleaning up the place" and will reopen next week.

                                                                        1. re: C70

                                                                          WHEW! Thanks for calling and letting us know!

                                                                      2. re: hungryann

                                                                        They are open again - renovations look nice.

                                                                  2. I must say that my favorites for SOUVLAKI ares NOSTOS on l'acadie
                                                                    and second parthenon on van horne and cote des neiges
                                                                    Parthenon Souvlaki Rotisserie - 3543 Av Van Horne Montreal, QC

                                                                    Nostos has lots of flavors and very tasteful

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                                                                    Restaurant Nostos Souvlaki
                                                                    9530 Boul De L'acadie, Montreal, QC H4N1L8, CA

                                                                    1. After a great visit a few years ago we decided to visit Marvin's again.Talk about needing a makeover!Souvlaki pita ok but soggy fat laden calmari.Greek salad with minimal tomatoes and feta.Overall a bummer.Won't be going back.

                                                                      1. I think this discussion needs to be revived. For a town with such a strong Greek heritage, we should all be eating souvlaki regularly. Does anyone have a clear favourite? Does anyone know of a place making souvlaki with nice pita, perfectly flavoured meat, stellar tzatziki, fresh tomatoes, proper ratios, and love?

                                                                        Here are my thoughts:

                                                                        Marven's (880 Ball, Parx Ex): Once great but not anymore. Went tonight. Meat dry, not enough sauce, careless over-onioning. Was packed, though.

                                                                        Arahova (various locations): Everyone loves the tzatziki. In my experience Arahova has always been just OK. Maybe I've been going to the wrong location.

                                                                        Villa du Souvlaki (5347 Sherbrooke W, NDG): I used to go all the time when I lived nearby, but feel it's not as great as it used to be.

                                                                        Carveli (6860 Cote-St-Luc): I can confirm that the pita is as amazing today as it's always been, but the meat lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. Still, probably my favourite souvlaki in Montreal.

                                                                        Yia Sou (5375 Queen Mary, near Snowdon): Really solid option.

                                                                        Village Grec (654 Jean-Talon West, Park Ex): Another solid option.

                                                                        Souvlaki George (6995 Monkland): Just OK in my book.

                                                                        I've heard good things about Elatos (550 Jarry West) and Nostos (9530 Acadie). And, several chefs I know have recommend Panama (789 Jean-Talon West). Will have to give these a try next time the mood strikes.

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                                                                        1. re: nochainsplease

                                                                          Agree about Aragova and Villa. Had great ones at Lafayette on Villeneuve with fluffy pita and tender meat but haven't been in awhile.

                                                                          1. re: chilipepper

                                                                            Terrasse Lafayette has gone more "upscale". Positive is cleaner and more pleasant toilets. Negative is having to order a full meal. They will no longer let you eat just a souvlaki or chicken pita. This is annoying when some friends in a group want a full meal, but others don't.

                                                                            I believe you can still get souvlakia to takeaway. Don't remember whether or not they deliver.

                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                              I haven't been to Lafayette in years, we used to go for their pizza every now and then. I can't believe they will no longer let you eat just a souvlaki or chicken pita.

                                                                              Is that written out on their menu? I will assume it's not on their menu as just a pita but is now part of a plate?

                                                                              Because if they still have "pita" on their menu that's pretty lame of them to tell you that one can't order it.

                                                                              1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                Still on their menu, but indeed they told us we couldn't order just a pita. Annoying indeed as there are also hearty eaters in our gang; they weren't losing money on the table.

                                                                                I really liked their chicken pita...

                                                                          2. re: nochainsplease

                                                                            Elatos and Nostos are the closest you'll get to the real deal in Greece, you are seriously missing out if you haven't been yet. I'm talking about their Gyros only, I haven't had a souvlaki in ages at a restaurant.

                                                                            I recently tried Massa on Monkland, it was very good but was missing some seasoning and the pork could have used some crispiness but I would return. Avoid Souvlaki George, Villa is nothing special, Village is in my top 5. I have yet to try Yiasou and I'm pretty close by and never had Carvelli and can't say I would think about ordering souvlaki from there.

                                                                            1. re: JerkPork

                                                                              I went to Elatos yesterday! What a great call. They even put fries inside like in Athens. Took a looong time to prepare but well worth it.

                                                                              1. re: nochainsplease

                                                                                Me too! The meat is very good, the pita is the elasticky arabic kind. If they used a better pita, I would rate it higher.

                                                                            2. re: nochainsplease

                                                                              I lived in the old Greek neighborhood for three years, so I ended up trying a lot of those at the time. I had heard from older greek people about Marven's, and I can honestly say I was pretty dissapointed when I went. While not bad, it does not deserves the reputation it has. Panama was pretty good for the souvlaki, but my favorite of that neighborhood was clearly Village Grec, especially for the gyros (although once in a while it's really off, and when it's off it's disgusting). While living in CDN, I ordered once in a while from Souvlaki George, but I can't say it was that good. Their gyros is very different from the Village Grec type, but had a little something I liked.

                                                                              As for Arahova, can't say I was very impressed by it the only time I tried.

                                                                              Never tried Nostos, as I rarely go around there, but I'd definitely like to try it at some point.

                                                                              1. re: NickinMtl

                                                                                I've taken family members from Greece for the gyro at Nostos and they themselves say it is really good and close to the gyro in Greece.

                                                                                I always send people to Nostos when they ask for my Gyro recommendation.

                                                                              2. re: nochainsplease

                                                                                We takeout from Elatos and Nostos regularly, give a light edge to Nostos. Both solid in my opinion. Can't believe I have not tried/heard of Village Grec before, will have to try it.

                                                                                When I was at Concordia, I usually enjoyed Georges, but this was 5 years or so ago. Liked the chicken pita there.

                                                                                1. re: nochainsplease

                                                                                  Carveli is still around?? I grew up in that neighbourhood and I remember plowing through piles of their amazing pita and tzaziki. Agreed that their meat was missing a bit of oomph (perhaps more garlic?) but that their overall product was great.

                                                                                  Perhaps it's time for another trip to the old 'hood!

                                                                                  1. re: lawyergirl77

                                                                                    Yes ma'am, still around! I was there just a few weeks ago.

                                                                                    That pita.... sigh.

                                                                                2. You have to try Sparta. Nobody knows the place. It is a sad looking business in front Alexis Nihon on Ste Cat. The souvlaki is bang on, and their grilled whole chicken I believe is better than romados. Chicken sourced from a solid farm in Ontario.

                                                                                  1. I don't think much has changed in the souvlaki scene since 2008. I still like Nostos, Village Grec Laval and Tripoli the best. Nostos has been uneven in the past year and their gyro pita has gotten stingier in meat quantity and sometimes quality. Village Grec in Laval ( I stopped going to Parc Ex one after a few bad experiences) has been very consistent and pretty sublime overall. I have yet to try zealots and Parthenon. Yia Sou is very solid also but I'm not often in that area. Tripoli has the best pork souvlaki sticks in Montreal period! On the 21st of September, Souvlaki Bar in Centropolis is opening. Im very curious to see how it will measure up.

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                                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                                      I have to agree with you on Nostos Hungryann, during my most recent visit this summer I noted something was off. It was still very good but something was different with the taste of the meat and I also noticed that there was less meat in the pita. They also stopped greasing their pitas a few years ago, I like them slightly oiled up that's the way it's supposed to be done but I could let that change go.

                                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                                        Correction: zealots = Elatos
                                                                                        I didn't proof read and auto-correct snuck it in, lol

                                                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                                                          Ah, figured Zealots was some place in Laval. It would be an interesting name for a resto. Lol

                                                                                          Elatos is greasy but it's gooood and the place is divey and stuck in the 70s/80s.

                                                                                          I'm going to try Γiasou this week considering I'm close by now.

                                                                                          1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                            Their gyro is pretty good but I always get the lamb souvlaki stick, it's very tender and well seasoned.

                                                                                            1. re: hungryann

                                                                                              You're talking about the lamb souvlaki at Yia Sou that's tender & well seasoned(you're not talking about Elatos which you haven't been to yet)?

                                                                                              1. re: BLM

                                                                                                Yes, although as I mentioned above I did finally try Elatos this week.

                                                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                  OK, I just checked above for your comment regarding Elatos. Which meat of Elatos you thought was very good(their gyro or souvlaki)? They're primary known for their gyro(I've eaten at Elatos 2-3 times, only tried their gyro, no souvlaki).

                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                    I tried the gyro, not the souvlaki.