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Gyro

My current favorite is at Gyropolis in Bloomington. The pita is super fresh, soft and has a bit of chew. The meat is crispy and juicy, with great texture and seasoning. The tzatziki has a great yogurt tang to it, and everything else is crisp and fresh.

If you say that falafel king is good, well then, we are miles apart on this. Anyone else have a current favorite?

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  1. By Gyro, I'm asssuming you mean the chopped-pressed-formed meat-like food product, not slices of actual lamb and beef... right?

    Because I am under the impression that all the chopped-pressed-formed meat-like food product comes from the same factory in Chicago, so the differences are in how it's treated, the pita (as you aptly note) and sauces.

    I'd go with Holyland or maybe Gardens of Salonica (nice Pita). For a time, there was a hole-in-the-wall on the West Bank (Middle Eastern Market? I'm fuzzy on the name) that did a good job. They spiced it up nicely.

    For actual Shwarma, there's not much choice in the Twin Cities, the only place I've found it is Filfillah on Central. He does a good job.

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    1. re: JimGrinsfelder

      Another option for actual Shwarma is Mim's Cafe on Cleveland Ave. near the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus. I'm not sure how it compares to Filfillah but I prefer it to ordinary Gyro.

      1. re: JimGrinsfelder

        According to this article on the history of the gyros - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/din... - there are a few Chicago-based factories that make the meat filling for gyros, but the impression I get from the article was that they're all pretty much the same.

        My favorite gyros is from Gyropolis. But the place that I go to most often is the Greek Grill & Cafe on the skyway level in City Center. It's not bad at all (and it's close to where I work).

        1. re: JimGrinsfelder

          Shwarma and Gyro are two different animals (literally), so don't compare them. Nothing wrong with the chicago factory food product....wish I could get it here on the east coast.

          1. re: JimGrinsfelder

            Mediterranean Deli is the place you speak of. Mama West Bank does a fine job and the sambusa's are delicious especially late night after the bar.

          2. Agreed that Gyropolis is good, but it is on the far southern side of where I roam. It is really nice that the guy that owns the place grows his own veggies for the gyros during the summer months.

            Other places, in NE Filfilah and Holy Land (not as impressed with the gyro at the Holy Land in MGM).

            I am definitely not a fan of Dino's since they went franchise with the concept - the gyro meat is too bland and the tzatziki has no flavor or texture. Every time I do go to a Dino's I curse myself for wasting money.

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            1. re: bkmnus

              I am definitely not a fan of Dino's since they went franchise with the concept - the gyro meat is too bland and the tzatziki has no flavor or texture. Every time I do go to a Dino's I curse myself for wasting money.
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              not to mention the fact that they are always FILTHY. Like taco bell circa 1994 (the last time I was in one) filthy.

              As far as the meat goes, the jackpot no matter where you go, IMO, is when the IR broiler/heater thing is cranked or you get the stuff that's been spinning for a while and it's seared and a little crispy and drippy with grease.

              I will look forward to trying some of the suggestions here--great thread!
              It's Greek to Me is the best last gyro I've had, other than whatever the variant of gyro is that's served at Doner Kebab in Spain, which I call reindeer sandwich and which I obsess about on a regular basis.

            2. Its Greek to Me does a good gyro. Holy Land is awfully bland.

              1. Shish, on Grand Ave. by Macalester is pretty tasty. Can get kind of crowded, though.

                1. Have you been Aida at 66th and Penn in Richfield? Its an old taco bell but they have actually done some nice updating on the inside. In addition to the industry stanard Gyro meat they also have grilled to order Kofta Kebobs. The sides (tabouli, humus, baba ganoush, etc) all have tasted realy nice and fresh.