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?
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
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.