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REAL Lamb Gyros in Central NJ (besides Pithari)

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jennybird83 Jan 10, 2013 05:09 PM

I am looking for a place that makes the real lamb gryos shaved off of the slow turner in Central NJ. Pithari is great but looking for others as well.

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    fourunder Jan 10, 2013 08:06 PM

    Are you looking for Shawarma? Gyros are ground meat, no?

    Ibby's in Freehold?

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/524580

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      jennybird83 Jan 11, 2013 05:38 AM

      Yes... Shawarma. I am more north of Freehold. Looking more in the Edison/Piscataway/South Plainfield area.

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        romin8889 Jan 12, 2013 06:56 AM

        Mahmoun's from NYC and Hoboken opened up a location in New Brunswick as well and their shawarma is delicious and shaved fresh off the slow turner.

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      coldsolderjoint Jan 11, 2013 09:03 AM

      I havent been to either in forever.. but Efe's in New brunswick, and right up the street.. Evelyn's.

      1. Angelina Jan 13, 2013 10:25 AM

        Recently we tried Jimmy's in Spotswood. We found them to be excellent!

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864659

        http://www.jimmysgreekgrill.com/

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          esjro Jan 13, 2013 05:30 PM

          There is Village Gyro in Flemington:
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/village-gyro-...

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            flourgirl Jan 14, 2013 02:51 PM

            Love the gyros at Village Gyro!

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              esjro Jan 15, 2013 05:53 PM

              I know, and they are in Flemington! Hopefully they won't go out of business in the next year. :-\

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                flourgirl Jan 16, 2013 06:20 AM

                I hear ya. We are doing our best to do our share to make sure that doesn't happen. We've been giving them a lot of business.

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              madgreek99 Jan 26, 2013 08:44 AM

              Their souvlaki is great, too!

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                ambrose Jan 30, 2013 11:07 AM

                I like Village Gyro but I don't believe they have shawarma, which is what the OP is really after.

                Marhaba in Lambertville has shawarma but the last time I went it was chicken. Don't think they have lamb.

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                  madgreek99 Jan 30, 2013 12:14 PM

                  Gyro and schawarma both refer to sliced meat roasted on a spit. They may have different seasonings, and when wrapped in a pita, they typically have different toppings. In Greece, gyro is most often pork. Of course, middle eastern schwarama is never pork. However, the concept is the same: a big rotisserie with roasting meat which is thinly sliced off. Both Marhaba and Village Gyro serve them.

              2. angelo04 Jan 26, 2013 03:52 PM

                Has anyone been to Greece and had a real gyro while there? I have yet to find one that compares or even comes remotely close here in the states. It was on the slow turner but it wasn't formed or ground meat. It was sliced almost like a brisket and then placed and piled on the slow turn cooker and sliced to order. It was quite a sight and by far the best. If you can find that here in NJ or NY, do tell I will jump in the car now!

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                  coldsolderjoint Jan 26, 2013 08:38 PM

                  I had one like that a few years ago from Troy Turkish Restaurant in NYC. I think it was like 43rd and 9th? Somewhere around there.

                  The one I had from Efe's in New Brunswick was like that, but spiced a bit weird. Kind of tasted a bit like pastrami, even though it was lamb.

                  Also, think grill in South Brunswick (Maybe union too?) used to have a pork gyro that was shaved like that. It's probably been over a year since I've been there

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                    jennybird83 Jan 26, 2013 10:44 PM

                    I personally have not been to greece but my boyfriend was there for a month with his best friend whose fmily is from there. Excuse my A and E, they are brok on my keyboad. Once a year the Piscatawy Greek Fest on River Rd has authenitc and so does Pithari in Highland Park. But where else?

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                      arpad Jan 30, 2013 01:01 PM

                      St Demetrios in Perth Amboy also runs a Greek Festival with very good food .

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                    jennybird83 Jan 26, 2013 10:46 PM

                    I was at Champps in Menlo mall today. They added lamb gyro to the menu. Spicy but good. They do not have the slow cooker, looks like premade lamb strips. They workd for me but at 10.95 servd with chips? TOO MUCH!

                    1. Nunzio Jan 27, 2013 05:37 AM

                      I had an awesome Gyro last night after the Rangers game at Gyro 2. A hole in the wall at 425 7th Ave ny if you're ever in the area. In NJ I only eat them at feasts. Sorry

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                        JustJake Jan 31, 2013 08:38 AM

                        A guilty pleasure of mine if there ever was (from GYRO II) - and they're actually pretty good, right?! Extra taziki and 'kins, and I'm eating that bad boy on NJ Transit.

                        Sloppy yet oh so delicious. ;-)

                      2. Angelina Jan 27, 2013 06:24 AM

                        I have been to Greece and NO I have yet to find one here in the states...all that juciness..and very messy :) We were close to the beach so it did not matter!!

                        1. Nunzio Jan 30, 2013 02:24 PM

                          I just remembered Think Grill at 2701 Morris Ave Union has what you're looking for.

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                            marfoodie Feb 10, 2013 05:40 AM

                            Try Effes (sp?) in New Brunswick and Princeton.

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