I know Seattleites have a sorry reputation as food snobs – lots of kale, juice cleanses, vegan-paleo-hippy salads – you get the picture. Like it or not, often times, I fall into that crazy Seattle eater-type myself. I’m a firm believer in the power of produce, plant based meals and healthy side of Seattle-made craft kombucha. Lucky for Mr. Gyros and me, I’m also a firm believer in the power of a good gyro. And the gyro after which Mr. Gyros is respectfully named, dear readers, is an outstanding example of a good gyro.
8411 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
The menu is simple, but chock full of options. I always get the lamb gyro. It’s seasoned with love, and the lamb comes right off the spit. The whole things gets wrapped perfectly in it’s pita next to creamy tzatziki and hummus. Always opt for the basket – a side of Greek fries (fries topped with feta cheese and spices). For those of you wanting a meatless option, the falafel is a treat – spiced and cooked to just the right combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Be prepared for messy eating (especially if you indulge in my recommended lamb gyro). There is hummus, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, onions and (obviously) lamb all fighting for a spot in your mouth. The flavors compliment, and are just exciting enough to make one feel as if they are not eating a meal that cost less than $10 bucks and took less than 5 minutes to prepare.
Mr. Gyros is, admittedly, a Seattle institution. I would like to say it’s the city’s best kept secret, but, alas, the secret of the awesome Mediterrian food is out. Mr. Gyros has won several awards, including being ranked one of the top 100 restaurants in the US on Yelp. You’d think all that fame would go to their heads, but you’d be mistaken. Mr. Gyros is potentially the friendliest place I’ve ever eaten. I see the owners, who happen to be brothers, (Sammi and Joni) all the time – because they are often slicing meats and rolling pitas behind the counter. They feed me gyros and don’t judge me for eating un-lady – like amounts of lamb.
I’m a Greenwood girl myself, so I always head to the tiny cafe located gloriously close-by. There are three locations of the gyro wonderland to choose from, plus a Mr. Gyros food truck that makes the rounds. I always get my meal to-go – even when there is a line out the door things move quickly.
The only bad thing about Mr. Gyros? They aren’t open on Sunday. Check the times before you go, and bring on the gyro.