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?
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.
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.
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