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Jul 6, 2011 05:38 PM

Fast food Greek

Anyone know who serves up some good fast food, or cheap sit down Greek in the Puget Sound area?

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  1. Kokoras Greek Grill on California Ave. in West Seattle, just north of the Morgan Junction. Not great, but definitely fits into the fast/cheap category. Tasty enough after a couple pints at Beveridge Place Pub across the street. You can order to go and eat it at BPP as well.

    Kokoras Greek Grill
    6400 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

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    1. re: Cbas79

      One of my past life "experiences" was as a gyro chef in a remote area of the US in the seventies. In Israel I remember seeing gyros as chunks of lamb stuck together with fat on a vertical spit.
      The thing we used was out of Chicago, was a gigantic cone of ground meat and spices, and was mostly beef, if not all beef. (Memory gets fuzzy after 40 years)
      So it was "kinda" like a souvlakia, but not really.
      In 2003, I think, I played music a lot in a Pike Place Restaurant called "Turkish Delight." They have taken the original lamb-chunk gyro and put their own twist on it. (Literally)
      They use chicken breasts stuck together like lamb, and their own spices. (It's really good)
      I'm just amazed that someone has the gumption to make a gyro out of what must be 300 chicken breasts! It works.

      1. re: PeteSeattle

        One of my favorite lunches, ever.

        1. re: PeteSeattle

          Chicken gyro/shawarma/doner kebab, whatever you want to call it, is very common and delicious when done properly (i.e. not dessicated.)

          I like both the lamb and chicken doner kebabs at The Berliner (at least the one up on westlake, haven't tried the one in pioneer square.)

          1. re: terrier

            The catch to the chicken breast "gyro" is that unlike the lamb/beef ones, the chicken breasts seem to be fully cooked before being made into the tall huge roast, and the heating adds a crust.
            And yes, with chicken breast, there would be a problem with dryness. It never bothered me while eating it though. I think since they cut off thin slices of toasted breast meat, the meat has a chance to absorb the other flavorings in the "sandwich."
            Driest meat I ever ate? Mature bull elk. Like eating a meat-flavored sponge of styrofoam.

          2. re: PeteSeattle

            I like Turkish Delight, but boy are they ridiculously expensive.

            6 years ago, it was something like $11 for a gyro.

            1. re: HungWeiLo

              I hear we get our standard cost models at age 18, which is when a Turkish Delight Doner kabob was $3.50. $5 got a grimace, $7 a wince, and $8 was out loud painful. Fortunately, the careful, tasty, and generous food salved the pain, if barely. Thanks for the scary news, though I fear $11 may already choke me and that was years ago.

              1. re: mrnelso

                For doner kebab, The Berliner costs $7.59 and under, and IMHO is more representative of the the late night treat one gets in Germany or England.


                1. re: mrnelso

                  When I was 18, gas was $0.89/gallon. Not happy.

                  1. re: HungWeiLo

                    Oh dear, telling.
                    11 cents a gallon.

          3. Santorini in Kirkland does a pretty good gyro, etc.

            Also, not specifically Greek, but Mawadda Cafe in S. Seattle and Garlic Crush in Bellevue are both very good for pan-Middle East kebabs, gyros, dips, and the like.

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            1. re: equinoise

              Cosigning on Santorini's, they were my first thought.

              1. re: equinoise

                Double yes on Mawadda.
                I like the airy falafel and the meats are all good.

              2. Georgia's Greek up in Greenwood might fit your requiremets.

                1. It's not greek, but the gyros at the unnamed gyro place on Capitol Hill at 15th / John are pretty good (seriously, it has no name, or something like "gyro cafe").

                  1. Just about anywhere you see a vertical spit, you can get a quick lunch.
                    The one I used was in Magnolia, on the main drag.
                    Trouble with asking where's a quick Greek Lunch anywhere in Puget Sound? is this: Have you tried to get ANYWHERE in Puget Sound quickly?
                    My advice: go to the nearest vertical spit that smells of olive oil and garlic, fall on your knees, and pray to the kitchen gods that they help you. (They will)