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ooroger Jun 27, 2008 01:51 PM

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.

  1. ktmoomau Jun 27, 2008 01:57 PM

    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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      alkapal Jun 30, 2008 03:07 AM

      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. chaofun Jun 30, 2008 04:52 AM

      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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        alkapal Jun 30, 2008 04:58 AM

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

        1. re: alkapal
          chaofun Jun 30, 2008 10:14 AM

          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.

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            Ericandblueboy Jun 30, 2008 05:43 PM

            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.

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          IndirectHeat Aug 4, 2008 05:52 PM

          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.

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            anunez Oct 7, 2008 09:32 AM

            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. alkapal Aug 3, 2008 05:08 PM

            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?!

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              Soup Aug 4, 2008 05:46 PM

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

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                kneelconqueso Aug 5, 2008 06:56 AM

                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. alkapal Oct 3, 2008 10:22 AM

                  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.

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