Tarpon Springs Gyros
I recommend the Limani not only due to the quality of the food, but the ambience of the location, right on the sponge docks, literaly, if you time it right, you can see them unloading. Excellent food, It's a walkup, so no service. A great way to finish a day in Tarpon Springs.
776 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Mr. Souvlaki on Pinellas makes a greally good Gyro, and they also do a version called
Soutzouki, where the Gyro meat is substituted for an herby seasoned ground beef patty...
It's best to eat the Soutzouki there, and not take it to go, because the patty's juiciness and the beauty of the sandwich's hot/cold contrast when the patty comes right off the grill diminishes on the drive home...
Same goes for a regular Gyro... Once that meat goes cold nobody's happy...
Most everybody on or around the Sponge Docks serves an acceptable to delicious gyro... Costa's does, and 'Plaka' even makes their own (slightly coarser) meat, and their Gyro is HUGE, but the last time I had a Gyro at Mr. Souvlaki, when the cashier asked how everything was, I told her I felt like I just cheated on my wife...
It seemed all the components were fresh, seasoned right, and in complementary proportions...
But it seems like a casual place, so I get casual stuff there--- saving the weightier Greek feastage for other places... They do lots of stuff, so there's a chance I haven't been fair to them...
I had their Greek Fried Rice and it was a scene!
Tasty! And a big plate-full...
re: Mild Bill
Realize I was only talking about Gyros...
If you wanted a more better Greek experience there are other places...
Anywhere you go, if you like cheese, make sure to order the Saganaki...
Crusty melty delicious cheese lit on fire with brandy and extinguished with lemon!
It's just an appetizer... Yum!
re: Mild Bill
When I was kid we went to Florida to see the Apollo 11 launch in 1969. We stopped in Tarpon Springs for a day, and I had never experienced Greeks let alone sponge fishermen and their cuisine. It was my first experience (at 12) with both Gyros and Souvlaki. They were both incredible then, and Tarpon Springs, with its open air beer-gardens struck me as a magical place that time would never change.
I hope it hasn't !! I need to go back.
re: Mild Bill
Mild Bill, I am wondering if you can elaborate on your gyro recommendations. Can you tell me whether one can get a pork gyro in Tarpon Springs? I visited Greece for the first time last fall and it was a revelation to have pork instead of lamb meat in a gyro. I'm going to be in the Bay Area for a few weeks, and will plan a special trip to Tarpon Springs if I can get a pork gyro!