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Unread 03-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #31
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Yep, gyros with ground meat are properly pronounced "tacos"


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So I'm gonna settle this in my mind. Greek Gyros are slices of meet cooked on a vertical spit and American Gyros are made from ground meat. I can live with that.
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I wonder how Aussie's do their gyros? You know, with the Aussie TD and all...
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I wonder how Aussie's do their gyros? You know, with the Aussie TD and all...
I'm betting beetroot and an egg are involved.
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Great thread. Now, can someone explain the stacks of meat on the vertical skewer like in Phu's pics. What type of meat is this? Is it raw slabs of beef or lamb roasted on the outside and then shaved off? Interesting, I've never seen that were I live.
I was born and raised in the NY tri-state area. I've been eating gyros all my life, and have never seen them cooked any way other than on the vertical skewers as in Phu's photos. Getting all-lamb gyros in NY was never a problem, but in recent years, it's becoming more and more common to see the lamb/beef mixture. Although I'm becoming more accepting of the practice, to me, if it doesn't have lamb in it, it's just not a gyro. Personal preference.
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I wonder how Aussie's do their gyros? You know, with the Aussie TD and all...
I suspect their spit rotates clockwise.
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Couple years ago while on a mediterranean cruise we had lunch at a little restaurant in Katakolon Greece. I was curious about this too, so I ordered the gyros just to see. I was expecting the traditional gyro like we'd get in america, roasted meat (most likely lamb) and veggies with takziki (or however you spell it) wrapped in a pita. What I got was thin strips of roasted, whole muscle meat (similar to what you'd get in a fajita here), tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and takziki sauce on the side, all on a plate. No pita to be found. Later I was told that you get the pita type from the food cart stands, in restaurants you get it without the pita.

So anyway, my experience with Greek gyros is it's whole muscle meat. I did not get to see how they roasted it, but I'm guessing on a spit.
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Couple years ago while on a mediterranean cruise we had lunch at a little restaurant in Katakolon Greece. I was curious about this too, so I ordered the gyros just to see. I was expecting the traditional gyro like we'd get in america, roasted meat (most likely lamb) and veggies with takziki (or however you spell it) wrapped in a pita. What I got was thin strips of roasted, whole muscle meat (similar to what you'd get in a fajita here), tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and takziki sauce on the side, all on a plate. No pita to be found. Later I was told that you get the pita type from the food cart stands, in restaurants you get it without the pita.

So anyway, my experience with Greek gyros is it's whole muscle meat. I did not get to see how they roasted it, but I'm guessing on a spit.
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Pita is on the side....
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Pita is on the side....

Yep, 'cept my pita was no where to be found.
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Yep, 'cept my pita was no where to be found.
I think they must've run out . I don't go to many fancy-shmancy Greek restaurants, but I always get served pita. How else can you eat the stifado?
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Is that a sneaky Gore Phork shot at P.'s lePht shoulder?
Didn't you have a little shaker of parsley with you?
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That's why I prefer shawarma. I would say that I prefer the layered meat type vs the ground type. I also like it well cooked, that vertical spit better be hot.
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That's why I prefer shawarma. I would say that I prefer the layered meat type vs the ground type. I also like it well cooked, that vertical spit better be hot.
Isn't shawarma just the Arabic term for gyro and means the same thing?
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Shoarma uses the same technique.
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Wow, you've got great eyes! ... and I was all out of parsley on that trip.
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