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Has anyone seen gyros with french fries in them?

devilham Jul 26, 2013 08:24 AM

I know that they add fries to gyros in Greece, and I just saw a post on Serious Eats that had a falafal roll up with fries in it (from NYC), and I think it would be great with the tjajici sauce (spelling?). If anyone's seen this locally I would love to get out and try it.

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: devilham Jul 26, 2013 09:14 AM

    jm Curley used to do a lunchtime pastrami sandwich with fries tucked into it. I think this is a Pennsylvania thing, maybe possibly originating with Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh. I don't recall ever getting a gyros sandwich in Greece with fries in it, and have definitely not seen that done at any of my favorite local gyros purveyors (Zo, Esperia, Farm Grill).


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      devilham RE: MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2013 09:26 AM

      They took the pastrami off at JM's like the week I tried the place out, I was pretty bummed about it. The Greece thing, I have never encountered, but was told about by a friend who honeymooned there, he said all the street vendors did it, but maybe it was just that part of the country that did. I have had Zo's and Farm Grill gyros, both are excelent.

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        nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2013 09:56 AM

        I wish I knew about that at Curley's - haven't had a Primanti drunk-wich in years. I suspect it would be a lot less exciting at 1 pm vs. 1 am.

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          digga RE: MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2013 09:57 AM

          We saw fries tucked into gyro sandwiches all over Greece a few years ago. In fact, when I asked for a veggie "gyro" from the menu at several places in Athens, in place of protein, there were very well-prepped fries. In our experience, this was common (delicious) practice.

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            jgg13 RE: digga Jul 26, 2013 05:18 PM

            Obviously not Greece but I saw this same thing in Naples. Seemed like every shop had french fry and hot dog pizza and other goodies. It doesn't surprise me to hear of similar things in athens

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            Parsnipity RE: MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2013 12:23 PM

            Definitely got fries in the gyros in Santorini a few years back. Mmmm.

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            mkfisher RE: devilham Jul 26, 2013 09:17 AM

            There was a sandwich shop in New Orleans that I used to frequent that would throw fries on my fried chicken po boy. It was delicious.

            That sandwich from JM Curley that Slim mentions was really good too.

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              kt8301 RE: devilham Jul 26, 2013 01:31 PM

              The Feisty Greek in Norwood does this. Not the best gyro IMO, but decent if you're in the area.

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                cafeeney RE: devilham Jul 26, 2013 03:05 PM

                Marko's Mediterranean in Lowell has Monster Fries that are amazing. Basically a gyro on top of a pile of fries...get them spicy.

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                  hotoynoodle RE: cafeeney Jul 29, 2013 12:40 PM

                  and the gyro meat is quite good.

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                  kt1969 RE: devilham Jul 26, 2013 06:15 PM

                  This triggered a vague memory for me and I looked around on here until I found it...Saab's in Norwood apparently puts fries in their chicken schwarma. I didn't get the chicken when I went so can't vouch for it personally.

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                    Swankalicious RE: devilham Jul 27, 2013 07:38 PM

                    I have gotten this quite a bit at Greek Corner in Cambridge -- by request though, not on menu.

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                      katzzz RE: devilham Jul 28, 2013 06:42 AM

                      I've never seen it on in Boston, but I've read about a French fries sandwich -- no meat -- that is allegedly a popular street food in Lebanon (and appears to be available at a few outposts in NYC). Basically it's fries doused with a garlic sauce and wrapped in a pita. Certainly indulgent, but I'm drooling just thinking about.

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                        newhound RE: devilham Jul 28, 2013 10:01 AM

                        Not a gyro, but I think Amsterdam Falafel will put fries in your sandwich.

                        1. Prav RE: devilham Jul 28, 2013 08:11 PM

                          I think it's a middle-eastern thing, as I've seen it everywhere in Lebanon, Morocco, and Detroit (which has one of the biggest middle-eastern communities in North America).

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                            gltsoi RE: devilham Jul 29, 2013 12:39 PM

                            At Sepal in the CambridgeSide Galleria, they stick a handful of fries in all the sandwiches/wraps.


                            1. MC Slim JB RE: devilham Jul 31, 2013 08:19 PM

                              Something I hadn't seen much before: potato sticks (the snack food I remember my mom buying in a can, by French's) in the tripleta sandwich -- chopped steak, roast pork, and ham with Swiss cheese and a mayo/ketchup/garlic sauce on baguette-like bread -- at ManĂ¡ Escondido Cafe in the South End. Provides a very nice addition of salt and crunch.


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                                hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Aug 1, 2013 05:03 AM

                                my mom would put those on my tuna sandwich when i was a kid.

                                that tripleta sounds so good!

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                                Gabatta RE: devilham Jul 31, 2013 08:26 PM

                                Someone called this stoner food and the comment was removed? These boards are truly getting laughable.

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                                  Allstonian RE: Gabatta Aug 1, 2013 06:55 AM

                                  A string of increasingly rude comments appeared in addition to the "stoner food" comment, and they were all removed. If someone wants to find a particular food item it seems inappropriate for a bunch of people to pile on insulting the food choice.

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                                    Gabatta RE: Allstonian Aug 1, 2013 07:16 AM

                                    I was complementing the choice, but didn't see the additional comments. Still, these boards have become way too touchy.

                                    As far as sandwiches stuffed with french fries are concerned, it's something I have done manually from time to time. My niece and nephew have now taken to doing it every time they have fries and any kind of sandwich handy. If only we had a Primanti Brothers in Boston!

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                                      nsenada RE: Gabatta Sep 6, 2013 08:46 AM

                                      A Primanti outpost/knockoff would do tremendous business here, at least from me.

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                                      devilham RE: Allstonian Aug 1, 2013 07:16 AM

                                      Agreed, and as the OP, they didn't add anything to the discussion.

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                                    BuildingMyBento RE: devilham Aug 1, 2013 05:43 AM

                                    I've seen this in a lot of places, though I can't recall if one of them was specifically in the Boston area.

                                    However, while wandering by Blackstone St. near Haymarket, I noticed a couple of North African/Mid-Eastern shops. One had an Algerian shopkeep who sold merguez sandwiches with french fries. Has anyone visited this area for a quick bite?


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                                      hotoynoodle RE: BuildingMyBento Aug 1, 2013 06:10 AM

                                      there is a shop on that same strip where i bought merguez but it was very disappointing. they do often have very good and dirt cheap fish on fridays though.

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                                        MC Slim JB RE: BuildingMyBento Aug 1, 2013 07:25 AM

                                        There's a counter-service place on Blackstone Street, Algerian or Moroccan or perhaps Tunisian, called Garden Halal that I've enjoyed a few times this summer: nice, hefty flatbread sandwiches of chicken shwarma, beef shwarma, and merguez, but no fries tucked into it them. Make it a point to specify flatbread, or they may put it on a sub roll for you.


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