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Best Gyro in Cambridge?

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CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 07:02 AM

After reading today's New York Times article on gyros...I am hankering for one. While I am aware of places in Newton, I am seeking a good gyro close to home (Cambridge).

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Thank you.

NYT gyro article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/din...

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  1. nathanP RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 07:16 AM

    Slim pickings, but the Greek Corner in North Cambridge (5 minute walk from Davis Sq) makes a very good gryo.

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    Greek Corner Restaurant
    2366 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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      dtremit RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 11:25 AM

      As NathanP suggests, Greek Corner's gyros is excellent. I also like the Half Shell on Mass Ave @ Linnaean for a more fast-food gyros of the sort mentioned in the article.

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        CambridgeFoodie RE: dtremit Jul 15, 2009 12:09 PM

        Thanks, I tried Greek Corner today and it was indeed excellent.

      2. lipoff RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 12:46 PM

        I would recommend Greek Corner in North Cambridge as well. Also the otherwise unremarkable Stefani House of Pizza, near MIT, makes a quite good gyro.

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          azra RE: lipoff Jul 15, 2009 07:13 PM

          Hey Lipoff, thanks for the tip way back about Skampa's roast beef sandwiches. And these recent posts about restaurants near MIT are full of surprises! First Thailand Cafe with the new sichuan menu, now Stefani Pizza makes good gyros? Do they make own? How's the bread? Is it better than Village Grill? Please tell more!

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            lipoff RE: azra Jul 16, 2009 03:36 PM

            Stefani making good Gyros is perhaps not as amazing as Skampa's Roast Beef. Stefani's pizza is not as bad as Skampa's pizza, and Stefani's gyro is not as good as Skampa's roast beef.

            Still, Stefani's gyro is on great bread --- very soft, almost spongy (in a good way), and thick pita bread, rolled and stuffed with gyro meat, fresh tomatoes, onion and lettuce with a nice sauce. I don't think they cut it off a vertical spit, but it's definitely freshly prepared --- not only is it warm and moist throughout, it takes almost ten minutes from the time you order it. Not worth a trip like Greek Corner, but it is my "go-to" place when the gyro craving hits since I work at MIT.

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          MissCheese RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 02:02 PM

          Village Grill and Seafood on Magazine Street makes a good one.

          1. Eatin in Woostah RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 04:25 PM

            Does Greek Corner cut the meat from the vertical spit? So many places around here seem to have the gyro meat pre-cut and just warm it up.

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              BJK RE: Eatin in Woostah Jul 15, 2009 05:38 PM

              Not sure if the spit, or lack thereof, is visible at Greek Corner, so I certainly can't confirm or deny its existence. I can tell you it is hands down the best gyro I've had. All of the individual ingredients are fresh, flavorful, and clearly prepared with care and attention, including the meat, cut from the spit or not. My guess is that it is both cut from a spit and griddled on a flat top to brown it and crisp it up just a bit, but that's just a guess.

              BK

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                Suze123 RE: Eatin in Woostah Jul 16, 2009 06:32 AM

                Yes, it is cut from a vertical spit! I spied while waiting for the bathroom.

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                  Eatin in Woostah RE: Suze123 Jul 16, 2009 10:42 AM

                  This may be my dinner tonight...yum!

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                chuck s RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 15, 2009 05:41 PM

                I would also say that the Greek Corner is not only the best gryo in Cambridge but in the Boston area as well. I think even better than the Farm Grill.

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                  Bob Dobalina RE: chuck s Jul 16, 2009 06:41 AM

                  First try Zo in Center Plaza/Gov't Center - it is the re-constituted Mediterraneo -
                  They do not even offer the typical gyro meat amalgam on a stick - you can only get real chicken or real pork, cut off a spit - it's tremendous and like the pusher I am, have gotten a couple of co-workers already addicted.

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                    bobot RE: Bob Dobalina Jul 17, 2009 10:52 AM

                    That sounds more like schwarma than gyro- gyro meat is always the compressed, ground stuff

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                      Bob Dobalina RE: bobot Jul 17, 2009 11:27 AM

                      They call it "authentic Greek rotisserie (100% lean pork)."
                      Whatever it is, it's good.

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                        nsenada RE: bobot Jul 17, 2009 12:34 PM

                        I think either ground or sliced meat qualify as "gyros." I'm not a big fan of the industrial Kronos meat cylinders (http://www.kronosproducts.com/p-meats...), though, they tend to be too salty for my taste. After the Farm Grille and Zo, I don't think I can ever go back to the ground version.

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                      robertlf RE: chuck s Jul 16, 2009 07:39 PM

                      Greek Corner is good. What about Aegean in Watertown/Framingham?

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                      bear RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 17, 2009 06:27 AM

                      The Greek Corner is my my favorite, but the gyro at Andros Diner in Belmont is pretty good.

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                        nsenada RE: bear Jul 17, 2009 07:23 AM

                        Haven't been to the Greek Corner in years, but I do remember their fries being amazing, too.

                      2. yumyum RE: CambridgeFoodie Jul 17, 2009 08:20 AM

                        Ok, so you probably have learned Greek Corner is the best. However, Kendall House of Pizza makes a very serviceable gyro -- their piping hot fluffy pita is really good.

                        nb: not sliced off the giant cone, but crisped on the griddle.

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