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Has anyone seen gyros with french fries in them?

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. 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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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      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.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        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.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          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.

          1. re: digga

            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

          2. re: MC Slim JB

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

          3. 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.

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

              1. 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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                1. 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.

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

                    1. 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.

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

                        1. 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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                          1. re: Prav

                            When I saw the post, I knew I had had this before, but not in Boston. I had to think back, but remembered it was in Paris, which like Detroit, also has a big middle-eastern community.

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


                            1. 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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                              1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                that tripleta sounds so good!

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

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                                1. re: Gabatta

                                  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.

                                  1. re: Allstonian

                                    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!

                                    1. re: Gabatta

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

                                    2. re: Allstonian

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

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                      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.

                                      1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                        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.


                                      2. Apparently Gyro City on Fenway's resteraunt row put fries in their gyro!!! Imma go scope it out next Friday when I'm in that area for a Dr.s appointment.....so excited!!!!

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                                        1. re: devilham

                                          I'ma gonna tell folks you watch Phantom!

                                          1. re: L2k

                                            lol, actually did not see it there, was in Kenmore for a physical therapy appointment, and on a tip from a friend to try the crispy basil chicken at Rod Dee 2, but couldn't make it happen due to time constraints, so had a burrito at El Pelon instead (to go, time constraint), while there I scoped this place out, then did a yelp search (as CH had very little on it), where I found out about the French fry thing.

                                            That being said, I DO watch the show, just with a grain of salt (or maybe a whole shaker?), understanding it's mostly a commercial....I'm smart enough to delineate fact from marketing!

                                            but you did make me laugh L2k!

                                            1. re: devilham

                                              ha! Cuz they showed this yesterday morning when I was tired of watching morning news rehashes!

                                              1. re: L2k


                                                I watch it, it's ok L2k!

                                        2. falafel corner in harvard sq. next to charlies kitchen lets you add fries to any of the wraps. not great food but good late night eats for sure.

                                          1. Not local to the Greater Boston area, but if you're ever in the Washington, DC area, here are two places I can recommend:

                                            Plaka Grill (Vienna, VA) This place touts their authentic version made with pork rather than lamb and stuffed with French Fries. (The more common spelling of the sauce is tzatziki.)

                                            Yia-Yia's Kitchen (Beltsville/College Park, MD) offers a pork gyro option. I think their version includes fries, but it doesn't say so on the web site. Incidentally, Yia-Yia is Greek for "Grandma" and it is pronounced "Ya-Ya".

                                            Glad I'm not the only one replying to a 2013 post.

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                                            1. re: Indy 67

                                              well, revived by me, the OP, who has FINALLY found someplace local that does this!

                                            2. I had a gyro from a place in Norwood close off or Route 1 that served them this way.

                                              I usually go up and go "I no like-a the fries.. but the juice is good, no? Will you get me more juice?"

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                                              1. re: grant.cook

                                                That places advertises, errr is featured by the phantom frequently

                                              2. I had a sandwich that had fries in it at Daddy Jones in Magoun Square, Somerville.