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deslni01 Jul 16, 2010 06:10 PM


A little over a decade ago I was in Norway for several weeks for a hockey tournament. One of the neat things was we stayed with host families. Almost immediately, the host boy I was with took me with his friends to go get "kebabs", and I absolutely LOVED it. A few years ago, I returned with my fiancee to Norway for a few months, and of course I ate as many kebabs as I could. These kebab shops were found on nearly every single block, and were the cheapest food available.

My question is this: is a kebab that is found in Europe (specifically Scandinavia - I have a very good friend that studied abroad in Denmark and loved them as well) the same thing as a gyro in the States?

I'm not really sure...from doing some research on the internet it appears they are either the same, or VERY similar. But when I was younger I had tried gyros and I wasn't a fan, yet I loved kebabs in Norway not much later. My friend who studied in Denmark says they are similar, but not the same.

Has anyone here experienced a kebab in Northern Europe? If so - are they the same? Is there a place in Minneapolis/St. Paul that serves kebabs like they do in Northern Europe?

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    kevin47 RE: deslni01 Jul 16, 2010 09:56 PM

    IIRC, Caspian Bistro AKAs its Gyro sandwich as Doner Kabab. It will cost you all of $7 to find out if it's the same experience, and they have a nice little store in house.

    Caspian Bistro
    2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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      karykat RE: kevin47 Jul 17, 2010 08:37 AM

      Great idea.

      Other places to try are Good To Go in the Minneapolis skyway which does persian kebab sandwiches and Kebabi in Eden Prairie which does the same.

      Links to menus:



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        alpa chino RE: karykat Jul 18, 2010 11:49 AM

        That kabobi looked real good, but I think the store is officially closed. That's what I've been reading. Saved me a trip to EP. I was going to go, per your suggestion. Too bad.

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          karykat RE: alpa chino Jul 18, 2010 01:36 PM

          I didn't know that. Thanks for catching it.

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      steve_in_stpaul RE: deslni01 Jul 18, 2010 06:25 AM

      Shish on Grand Avenue in St. Paul also serves both; at any of the restaurants mentioned, you probably could get a gander at the menu item before you order it (to see if it even looks like what you remember).

      Shish Mediterranean Grill
      1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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        KC612 RE: steve_in_stpaul Jul 19, 2010 09:04 AM

        Mediterranean Deli on Cedar Ave on the West Bank has some of the best Gyros around IMO.

        Mediterranean Deli
        523 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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        GutGrease RE: deslni01 Jul 20, 2010 07:35 AM

        I'm confused and likely ignorant. Aren't kabobs pieces of meat and vegetables grilled on a stick? Gyros are meat and vegetables with various sauces and accompaniments wrapped in a pita. They don't sound the same to me, unless in Scandinavian nations they call what we call gyros a kabob.

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          KC612 RE: GutGrease Jul 20, 2010 12:32 PM

          There are all kinds of names for them. Gyro is greek I think, the Canadians have the donairs and somewhere else calls them shwarmas...

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            Latinpig RE: KC612 Jul 20, 2010 12:41 PM

            My understanding is that a gyro or shwarma is meat sliced from a vertical spit or cone. A kabab is chunks of grilled meat. Either can be eaten in a pita.

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            shoo bee doo RE: GutGrease Jul 20, 2010 05:17 PM

            Doner kebabs have been a big hit in all of Europe the past 10 years or more. They've even taken the place of many of the wurst stands in Germany. They are almost like a gyro, but usually with some spicy red sauce. I had mine in Vienna at the Naschtmarkt, but I noticed they were in many other European countries at the time.

            Here's a link.


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