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Gyros in Arlington

After watching Alton Brown make them on last night's Good Eats, we have a craving.

Any suggestions on places to find them?

I know that Two Chefs on the corner of Wilson and George Mason has gyros, but would appreciate other suggestions.

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  1. Tarbouch, Lebanese Taverna Market and Kabob Palace. There is good schwarma at lebanese butcher, but they don't do gyro as I recall.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      lebanese taverna market doesn't do gyros, but shawarma. iirc. cause i love gyros, and am still hunting a great one around here in arlington. is kabob palace the place in crystal city?

    2. There is a new Astor Mediterranean (original location in Adams Morgan) right off pershing and 50:

      http://www.astorfoods.com/arlington.html

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      1. re: chaofun

        chaofun, thanks for that! have you been to the one in arlington? such good prices, too!

        1. re: alkapal

          I've only had the Gyro... it wasn't the best I've had but it was pretty solid. I liked that they were generous with the meat. The lamb shank looked good as well.

          1. re: chaofun

            What is considered a good gyro? Fresh lamb on a spit dripping fat (like Schwarmas) or the processed stuff. I personally like the processed meat piled high on a warm pita, with some onions, lettuce and tzasiki sauce. Since most restaurants carry the same brand of processed meat, I'm assured of fairly tasty gyro regardless of where I go.

        2. re: chaofun

          Thanks for the heads up on the new Astor in Arlington. When I lived in Adams Morgan, the one down the street was my regular Sunday night dinner spot.

          Now if the area could just get a decent, authentic Döner kebab joint, like the Turkish stands in Germany, I would be a happier man.

          1. re: chaofun

            Their hummus is also really good, they give you a huge tub as a side. The pita is just eh but the tub is the same size you get in the supermarket but its cheaper and much better

          2. update on tarbouch: good meat generously laid out, but cut poorly into hunks, not thin slices. mr. alka, who picked up the take out, said it was a young guy who was cutting, and didn't know what he was doing. a feta based dressing. the bread fell apart, though. what is with the bread? can't they get fresh bread?!

            1. Good gyros at Atilla. Very close to the cinema draft house. never been dissappointed.

              1. last night i stopped in at the east-west grill on wilson blvd. the owner mentioned that they have gyros.

                i asked if they make the meat.

                "everything here is homemade"

                and they are open till 2am on friday/saturday now. totally stopping in this weekend.

                1. hey arlington, the gyro at the deli adjacent to pasha cafe (on lee hwy near military rd./quincy street) was EXCELLENT.

                  best meat quality (lamb and beef) i've had in a very, very long time (i'm thinkin' 20 some years!). it was savory, juicy, and dressed just right. the only "but" was the bread, which cracked a little. it was a real bargain, too, at only $5.50.

                  (i didn't get any, but the pepperoni pizza by the slice ($2.50) looked very good, and seemed very popular with the guys from brown's honda across the street.)

                  i am very pleased.