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Gyros in South Bay

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!


  1. lauercrnsw 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

    2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

    10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

    1. k
      KathyM 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.

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      1. re: KathyM
        prasnation 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
          ceekskat 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
            Ken Hoffman 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
            Humbucker May 22, 2008 07:25 PM

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

          3. b
            boopa May 21, 2008 09:26 PM


            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.


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            1. re: boopa
              boopa May 21, 2008 09:29 PM

              Here's the link.

              Joe the Greek
              1830 Milmont Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

              1. re: boopa
                Lando 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.


                3846 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA

                1. re: Lando
                  prasnation 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. m
              ML8000 May 21, 2008 05:27 PM

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

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              1. re: ML8000
                Humbucker 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
                  ceekskat 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.

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