HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Gyros in South Bay

p
prasnation May 21, 2008 05:14 PM

I've been on the lookout for a good gyro place in South Bay, but haven't been able to find one to my liking.

Can someone recommend a good place that caters open-style gyros? (Open style is where you can choose to get rice with shawarma style meat and salad all mixed together - pita bread slice optional)

If anyone's know the gyros (chicken guy) in Manhattan, 53rd and 6th food cart, that's the one I'm talking about. Simply perfection in a gyro!

Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. m
    ML8000 RE: prasnation May 21, 2008 05:27 PM

    Might check out Falafel's Drive In in San Jose.

    2 Replies
    1. re: ML8000
      h
      Humbucker RE: ML8000 May 21, 2008 08:26 PM

      I didn't like the gyros at Falafel Drive-in. The places I know of that have gyros in the south bay are Yiassoo in Cupertino and Campbell and Best Bite and Gyro's House, both in Mountain View. I like Yiassoo's gyros the best so far, but I haven't tried Best Bite. Yiassoo's gyros are served in the thick, soft pita while Best Bite and Gyro's House use lavash wraps. I don't think any of these places have open style gyros, but they do have gyro plates.

      1. re: Humbucker
        c
        ceekskat RE: Humbucker May 21, 2008 10:24 PM

        I agree. Falafel Drive In's gyros are more like kabobs & unfortunately, not tasty ones. I remember being very disappointed when I first ordered it many years ago.

    2. b
      boopa RE: prasnation May 21, 2008 09:26 PM

      prasnation-

      I like Joe the Greek Cafe. They serve the typical gyro, But I eat the gyro as a platter, without the pita bread, and with a Greek salad.

      Very nice.

      Boopa

      3 Replies
      1. re: boopa
        b
        boopa RE: boopa May 21, 2008 09:29 PM

        Here's the link.

        -----
        Joe the Greek
        1830 Milmont Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

        1. re: boopa
          Lando RE: boopa May 22, 2008 10:23 AM

          I'm not sure if Fremont will count for the South Bay area, but Gaters is worth the drive. It's off of Mowry Ave. My girlfriend ordered a gyro from there and it was packed with flavor. Not only that, but the beef was piled high all topped with fresh lettuce and tomatoes.

          -Lando
          www.SpotsForDates.com

          -----
          Gaters
          3846 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA

          1. re: Lando
            p
            prasnation RE: Lando May 22, 2008 03:21 PM

            Thanks Lando and boopa. I'm going to try both Joe the Greek cafe and Gaters. Will report back with reviews on each.

      2. k
        KathyM RE: prasnation May 22, 2008 05:22 PM

        You're probably not going to find gyros here that are going to be as good as in N.Y. But try these 3 places:

        -House of Falafel. I've only been to the Sunnyvale location off Lawrence Expressway. This place is in a weird strip mall in the culinary wasteland section of Sunnyvale. It's very good during lunch time (lots of turn-over) but during dinner the meat can be dry.
        -Sam's Kebabs & Gyros in Milpitas's Great Mall. I was shocked that there's actually something decent to eat in this mall's food court. They're very generous with the servings. It's an interesting place, I believe they're co-owned by middle-easterns and an asian couple.
        -Best Bite. This place is really a persian place but if you need a quick gyros fix, it's not bad. It's a little dive in Mountain View on El Camino. The owners are very friendly.

        4 Replies
        1. re: KathyM
          p
          prasnation RE: KathyM May 22, 2008 05:32 PM

          Thanks KathyM, all of those sound interesting and worth a try. I've been to Great Mall several times, but I've never noticed Sam's Kebabs & Gyros. Will definitely have to be on the lookout next visit.

          1. re: KathyM
            c
            ceekskat RE: KathyM May 22, 2008 06:27 PM

            Perhaps that explains why I was underwhelmed on my CH recommended visit to House of Falafel...went on a Saturday night for takeout; place was deserted (quite a deal though). Forgot about Sam's Kebabs; I was pleasantly surprised by this discovery on my recent visit to the Great Mall. There used to be a Gyros place looong time ago at Valley Fair mall & I was disappointed when they closed.

            1. re: ceekskat
              k
              Ken Hoffman RE: ceekskat May 22, 2008 06:38 PM

              The shawarma at Palms is very good and their falafel wrap is exceptional.

              Palms Restaurant

              2707 Union Ave., at Curtner, San Jose.

              (408) 963-2001

              Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays

              Types of food: Assyrian wraps and dinner plates

            2. re: KathyM
              h
              Humbucker RE: KathyM May 22, 2008 07:25 PM

              Just a note: House of Falafel doesn't have gyros, although they do have schwarma.

            3. lauercrnsw RE: prasnation Jul 12, 2008 09:57 PM

              * Yiassoo
              2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, USA
              * Yiassoo
              10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA

              -----
              Yiassoo
              2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

              Yiassoo
              10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

              Show Hidden Posts