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You Are My Gyro: Mindblowing sandy at Ma Magoo's

Tonight, weary, I indulged at the Fresh Pond Rotary. I always thought MamaGoo's looked a bit old and cheesy, but my oh my: I had the best gyro of my life! Warm, doughy pita; a thick smattering of luscious yogurt; fresh cukes and tomatoes; and some truly excellent thick-cut fries (complimentary). YUM!!

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  1. hmm lucky! I finally got to my fav Gyro place I haven't been able to get to in ages. Went and ordered and realized I forgot my wallet :-(

    1. swank, did you get chicken or gyro meat?
      was the chicken moist or dry? was it plain or had it been marinated?
      was the gyro compressed ground meat or real meat layered on a spit? if ground, did it taste heavily seasoned and salted like the bought-in stuff you see around, or did they say they make their own? If it is meat sliced off a spit- was it seasoned? moist?

      there are SO many variations! thx for the report.

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        1. re: opinionatedchef

          On swank's swoony report, I tried the sandwich at Mama Goo's tonight. It is a gyro loaf version, with slices grilled to order instead of carved off a spit. Soft pita, cukes and dilly yogurt sauce. Tomatoes were better than the sub shop usual. I'll take Farm Grill and Esperia over Mama Goo's, but theirs is a solid rendition of the "gyro from a kit" genre.

          1. re: newhound

            Glad you enjoyed it, Newhound. Where's Esperia?

              1. re: Swankalicious

                Taralli gave the link-- Esperia has a pork version which is a little harder to come by in the world of shawarma/gyro.

                1. re: newhound

                  The pork gyro sandwich at Esperia is a thing of beauty.

          2. Ever tried the gyro at Greek Corner, not too far from MamaGoo's? It's pretty fantastic.

            (Speaking of which, anyone know if there's truth to the story that the place used to be called Mr. Magoo's, but when they got in trouble for using a copyrighted character, they changed it to Ma MaGoos?)

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              1. re: kewpie

                Yep, I remember it when it was Mr. Magoo's

                1. re: kimfair1

                  Ha, it took me until now to realize that this thread was about what I call Ma Magoo's.

              2. re: Boston_Otter

                The Greek Corner Lamb Sandwhich is pretty spectacular...

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  Went to Greek Corner for the first time today (driving by Ma Magoo's put this thread and the idea in my head!) and had the beef and lamb gyro. While I enjoyed it, I didn't like it nearly as much as the one at Farm Grille in Newton. But I'll definitely go back and give the lamb sandwich a try.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    what has made the My New Kitchen souvlaki roll ups so special, for me, is that they include a 'side' of grilled eggplant or zucchini (changes) which i ask them to add to my sandwich. It is a VERY generous portion and so delicious- makes a huge difference for the overall impact of the sandwich. I get the chicken souvlaki version (My Love gets the lamb burgers) and I am completely sold on them, w/ this addition. The eggplant or zucch is sliced ~ 1/4" thick, the length of the veggie. A 'side' seems to be ~ 4 slices!

                    1. re: Blumie

                      The Greek Corner has trouble with consistency. Some days that gyro sandwich is just perfection; and then other days it is just not. In my perfect world, it would be the former every time.

                      1. re: Blumie

                        As promised, went back for the lamb sandwich. Definitely preferred it to the gyro, but Farm Grille still is the gold standard IMHO.

                  2. Was there any lamb involved? Or any meat at all?

                    1. If you're often in the area looking for a sandwich, I also like the Greek/Chicken Kabob Pocket at Cheddars. Very large, inexpensive wrap full of chicken, a mishmash of roasted vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, carrots, etc.), feta, sauce. The Eggplant Greek Pocket is also good.

                      Ma Magoo's has good wings too. I used to work right around that area and Mama's buffalo chicken subs were always popular Friday food.

                      1. We really enjoyed the chicken souvlaki wraps at My New Kitchen , a short drive from Fr Pond, by McLean's/Star Market Belmont. The chicken was moist and flavorful, good vegs,tzadziki, and you can get grilled sliced zucchini as a 'bonus' side (i'm going to ask for it on the roll up next time). V Tasty; nice people.

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