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Recommendations for Greektown Eats? Good Gyros a Plus [Detroit, MI]

Hey everyone. It has become something of a ritual for me to take my mother to Greektown for a birthday dinner, and in the past we have always gone to the Pegasus Taverna. I won't go into the details of why, but this year I have decided that we should not return to the Pegasus and should try somewhere different instead.

Mom is a big fan of the Gyros sandwich, as am I, and we often end up defaulting to that in spite of the temptation of other menu offerings. We also have a tendency to get Saganaki as an appetizer. I know, I know, we are boring people. I promise I'm not usually this predictable with my dining, but this has been our tradition since I've been able to afford it. Does anyone have any solid recommendations for good Greek restaurants in the Greektown area? Obviously, insight into Gyros is a plus, but I'd love to hear any impressions of other dishes. Who knows? This may be the year that I switch it up.

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  1. Here.

    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/...

    Have not been yet, but on my short list.

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    1. re: RedTop

      Please do a write up after visit. Very curious!

      1. re: VTB

        I haven't been yet either, but FYI here's their menu:

        http://mobile.santorinidetroit.com/lu...

        1. re: ak994

          I've been once and liked it. It's not as fancy as the Crain's report makes it sound—sort of in between the basic Greektown standards and high-end Greek. There are sandwiches on the menu, including gyros (which I did not try), Greek standards, and a few lamb dishes that are more expensive. Still a visually impressive spot, with a bar area separate from the dining room. It would be a good place for a b-day dinner. They have flaming cheese and things like that, but also a variety of unusual appetizer spreads and a good Greek wine list.

    2. I still stand by the fact that Golden Fleece has the best gyros in metro Detroit. The sandwiches are huge and cheap (GF is the diviest place in Greektown), but the meat is what sets them apart. Very thick, juicy hunks of meat with a wonderful charred crunchiness to the exterior.

      I wouldn't recommend everything else as highly, but the gyros are spectacular.

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      1. re: phamburg

        Well, we were indecisive up until the last minute, but we were drawn in by the dive-like atmosphere of the Fleece. Pham, I have to hand it to you, those were indeed some fantastic gyros. Very tasty and huge portions for the price.

        We also ordered Saganaki, which was good (but that's hard to screw up), a Greek salad (standard fare), and some vegetarian grapeleaves (which were actually much better than I expected). I can definitely see us returning in the future. Thanks everyone!

        1. re: Crucifist

          Glad you enjoyed it! GF's gyros are something that more people should know about...

        2. re: phamburg

          I used to get the gyros at Golden Fleece fairly regularly a few years back, then wasn't around there much and mostly forgot about the place save for mentions on these CH boards.

          Found myself over there yesterday, marched in and ordered the gyros sandwich. It was horrible. And $7.25. Never, ever again!

          That sandwich used to come on the thicker, Greek-style pita, and used to consist of fairly thin, even slices of thoroughly cooked ground meat, thinly sliced good onions, multiple tomato slices and a thick white sauce (packed on the side for to-go) whose garlic content (or not) I do not quite recall.

          Yesterday it was awkward, not-possible-to-fold chunks of rubbery, visibly-high-fat-content meat, irregular slices of low grade onion, ONE sloppy hunk of tomato and perhaps a teaspoon of some very thin white sauce which rolled off immediately. Just uck.

          It also didn't have much flavor. The pre-sliced gyros meat I've occasionally had from the local deli tasted better, sad to say. I can now understand how Five Guys Burgers survives just across the street.

          1. re: ak994

            Okay, you mentioned it, so I'm asking it: exactly *what* about Five Guys makes it as popular as it is? Honestly: there's nothing *wrong* with their burger, but neither is it anything to write home about...at all. For the price, it's not worth it, though. I'd prefer Wendy's.

            Those fries, though...they're just *awful*. The fact that they give me a crap-ton of them doesn't change the nature of their awfulness.

            I'm not mad about the fact that they're successful...I just for the life of me cannot understand why it is.

            1. re: boagman

              Never having tried Five Guys, I can't answer that question. It has just been a puzzlement to me that they (some generic if allegedly above average burger place) could survive on that prime corner in Greektown when there's actual Greek food available within a couple hundred feet.

              My point was that the (lack of) quality and (lack of) price/value of that $7.25 Golden Fleece gyros seemed to be the answer. What else is there to eat nearby for $7.25 or less? Five Guys.

              1. re: boagman

                I don't want to derail this discussion, but regarding Five Guys....

                I think we pretty much agree on the burger, boagman; it's Ok, better than the average fast food burger, but not great by any means. I rate it comparable to Wendy's, but more expensive. In that light, I'd rather eat at Wendy's and typically do.

                After reading your comments about the fries, I did some research on line. It appears they are either a love 'em or hate 'em proposition. I love 'em and think they are among the best I've ever had. Made from fresh potatoes cut daily in each location and fried with 100% peanut oil. What's not to like? One caveat - you have to eat them while fresh and hot, and not steam them in the bag or let them get warm or cold. Meaning no take out.

              2. re: ak994

                Interesting. It was nothing like that when I was there. Disappointing...