Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dine on a Dime: Mr. Gyros

Friendly staff and perfectly prepared food make for a delicious gyros experience.

Right when I stepped into Mr. Gyros, I knew I’d soon become a regular. The charming man behind the counter welcomed me as he took my order, and offered me a glass of mint tea on the house. He told me he and his brother own the place.

gyrosThe first location opened in Greenwood years ago, and the most recent popped up in my new hood—Ballard. I was raised a lamb eater and the moment I tried a lamb gyros, it was all over. I don’t know if it’s the bit of Middle Eastern in me (don’t let the blonde hair fool you), but they’re one of my top 5 favorite meals. And Mr. Gyros has one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

Mr. Gyros top three dishes under $10

First off is the lamb gyros sandwich ($5.49). Tender, tasty strips are sliced from a vertical spit and folded into a warm pita. It’s topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumbers and tzatziki—a yogurt and cucumber sauce. The lamb was flavorful and the tzatziki was the perfect accent; it didn’t overpower the meat. Chicken and beef are the other meat options.

On my next trip less than a week later, I stuck to lamb again and tried the lamb gyros plate ($8.29). It comes with a hearty serving of lamb strips, two huge pitas, hummus, a Greek salad, and perfectly cooked rice on the side. If I wasn’t starving that day, it could have lasted me two meals.

Mr. Gyros menu offers a variety of other plates, salads and sandwiches—almost all for less than 10 bucks. On my next trip to the corner joint, I’ll give the kabob plate ($7.29) a try. Because what meatlover doesn’t love chunks of lamb or chicken on a stacked on a skewer?

You can go with a friend or take out, but you’ll feel comfortable dining alone at Mr. Gyros. The crew will make you feel like family.

Ballard Location | 5522 20th Ave NW, Seattle  | (206) 782-7777

Greenwood Location | 8411 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle | (206) 706-7472

About Bridget Blake

Despite being an Arizona native, Bridget's heart is in the Pacific Northwest. She's a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication and recently moved to Seattle to pursue her passions: writing, food, wine and music. She has written for women's and philanthropy magazines in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as the University of Oregon's newspaper, the Daily Emerald. Bridget is currently a news assistant with a local television station. When she's not cooking, sipping red wine or buried in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, you can usually find her outside enjoying a rare sunny day in Seattle or laughing with friends. Her motto is the great e.e. cummings quote, "the most wasted of days is one without laughter." If you want to keep up with her Seattle adventures and daily awkward moments, follow her @BridgetBlake1.
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