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Best gyro in Portland?

Jenny15X Jul 10, 2009 03:50 PM

I'm on a mission to find the best gyro in Portland as I gear up for a vacation to Greece this September.

So far I've tried Foti's Greek Deli (pretty good) and I'll embarassingly admit... Greek Cusina (obviously horrible),

On my list is the Aybla cart downtown and Big Berthas. Any other recommendations?

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    Jane917 RE: Jenny15X Jul 10, 2009 04:42 PM

    I had a pretty darn good gyro last Fall at a stand in Saturday Market. Can't remember the name of it, though.

    1. JillO RE: Jenny15X Jul 10, 2009 06:25 PM

      There's a cart on SW 2nd near Oak, it used to be an Aybla's outpost but is not anymore. Great $5 lamb gyro with lots of meat. crisp fresh lettuce, garlicky tzatziki (and plenty of it) and decent pita.

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        johnnysmitten RE: Jenny15X Jun 25, 2010 07:41 PM

        The gyro is actually a copy of the schwarama from Iranian and Egyptian culture. If you want a gyro in PDX DO NOT go to a Greek place. Go to a Persian or Medi place. That and read a book.

        1. Jenny15X RE: Jenny15X Jan 8, 2011 01:58 PM

          Thanks everyone for your input, except maybe that last one, I'm going to choose to ignore that completely.

          Having now been fortunate enough to have tried a number of Gyros in Portland, I wanted to report back how impressed I was the recommendation for Aybla. I have now been a number of times to get their Super Lamb Gyro, with extra tzatziki. Lots of nice lamb, tasty garlicy tzatziki sauce - really reminds me of the wonderful food I ate on my trip to Greece last year. Thanks again for wonderful recommendation.

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            ekc RE: Jenny15X Jan 10, 2011 10:32 AM

            Jenny, where is the Aybla cart downtown? I am a fan of Foti's (also love their potato wedges) but would appreciate something closer to work!

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              Jenny15X RE: ekc Jan 19, 2011 09:37 PM

              I go to the one at 925 SW Alder, it's on a nice block with about 10 food carts that all look good. (If you work downtown, and like Italian, Built to Grill on SW 3rd and Washington is my second fav!)

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                ekc RE: Jenny15X Jan 20, 2011 08:44 AM

                Thanks Jenny! I work not far from there, so that is perfect! Guess what I am having for lunch today!!

          2. eatingpdx RE: Jenny15X Jan 13, 2011 09:24 AM

            The only gyros that I've eaten in Portland came from Aybla's food cart on 5th & SW Oak. The cart is in an area with a bunch of other food carts. I simply must have one at least once a week. My hubs works downtown Portland and gets me the Super Gyro for $7 plus the Tzatziki with pita $3.50 and brings it home for my dinner.

            I then reheat the gyro on low in the microwave. Smother it with fresh lettuce and tomato. Top it with more of the tzatziki sauce and dig in. It usually takes me 45minutes to slowly devour this wonderful treat. When I first sit down to it I'm sure there's no way I'll finish the whole thing. Hubs is amazed every time I do tho.

            Being from Chicago I've had many gyros in my life. This one is the best because the lamb is grilled and in big chunks. The tzatziki is wonderfully garlicky, too.

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              JillO RE: eatingpdx Jan 13, 2011 06:52 PM

              FYI, there is also an Aybla's cart in the Good Food Here pod on SE Belmont and 43rd.

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              jonfarr RE: Jenny15X Sep 6, 2012 03:21 PM

              I have tried MANY different places with Gyros in town. From nicholas to Anoush deli to many of the food carts in downtown, and HANDS DOWN the best, dont laugh cuz its true, is the Gyro at The Acropolis on 99.

              I dont know what it is, but it just cant be beat imo. They have a takeout window ont he back of the building if you dont want to partake on what is going on inside.

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                Leonardo RE: jonfarr Sep 11, 2012 11:29 PM

                For the uninitiated, Acropolis is a strip bar. : )

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                oneopus RE: Jenny15X Sep 15, 2012 09:44 AM

                The Gyro House in Beaverton. The Lamb Gyro is hands down the fatest tastiest fork challenging one I have ever had. And the owners name is Azam or Awesome to all us lunch time gyro grubbing patrons. After one year the place has doubled in size.

                Gyro House, 530 Southwest 205th Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97006

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