Gyros: Metro D’s Best Greek Food

By: Amber Ogden | May 29, 2015
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We’ve made it through another workweek, Metro Detroiters, and that means it’s time for another Food Friday feature! If you live in Metro Detroit, you probably eat at a Coney Island every other week, and thus, gyros are somewhat of a major food group.

Before we delve any further into this topic, let’s all agree to disagree on how the word “gyro” is actually pronounced. Toh-may-toe, toh-mah-toe, right? And while we’re at it, here’s a fun fact: there are actually several different terms for that delicious, can’t-get-enough-of-it cucumber, yogurt, lemon and garlic sauce that is served with your gyro plate. Some sauces have more garlic than others; some have more fresh dill, depending on the place. And they’re all delicious.

One thing we can all agree on is that served on pita bread with tomato, onion and plenty of tzatziki sauce, who doesn’t love a good gyro sandwich? If you’re craving some good Greek food this weekend, head to one of the following establishments in the D:

Little Daddy’s, 19333 Victor Pkwy., Livonia, is a casual, family style Greek restaurant, where you’ll find gyro meat even on the breakfast menu. If you’re visiting before lunchtime, try the Greek Scramble, with eggs, shaved gyro meat, mixed peppers, sweet onions and tomatoes, baked and topped with feta cheese.

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Little Daddy’s traditional gyros include the Fresh Carved Gyro (on grilled pita with sweet onions, diced tomatoes and homemade sageki sauce), Grilled Chicken Gyro (grilled or fried chicken breast with the same fixin’s above) or Fresh Grilled Veggie Gyro (a mix of grilled peppers, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, squash and onions, topped with tomatoes, feta cheese and sageki sauce).

If you’re not feeling the gyro for an entrée, order a plate of Fresh Gyro Meat for an appetizer!

Ahmo’s Gyros & Deli, 341 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, is home of the chicken gyro, but there are plenty on the menu to choose from. The namesake Chicken Gyro is topped with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and garlic dressing.

Try Ahmo’s Gyro (lamb, beef and chicken with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and garlic dressing), Feisty Gyro (lamb and beef with onions, tomatoes, spicy feta cheese and cucumber sauce) or the special Roast Beef or Turkey Gyro, both of which are only available at the restaurant’s Ann Arbor location.

If you appreciate a gyro but want to put a spin on it, try one of Ahmo’s grinders. The Gyro Grinder (with lamb and beef) is served on a sub bun instead of pita bread.

Golden Fleece Restaurant, 525 Monroe Ave., Detroit, is one of Detroit’s most popular places to get a gyro, and with good reason. You’ll find the traditional Greek sandwich on the menu, as well as choices like a Gyro Salad (which is essentially a Greek Salad topped with sliced gyro meat) or Gyro Burger (strips of gyro on a bun topped with satziki, onions and tomato).

Gyro and Chicken Gyro dinners are served with tomatoes, onion, sauce and pita bread, along with your choice of rice, vegetable, roasted potatoes or French fries. If the pita sandwich is what you’re looking for, it’s topped with the usual tomatoes, onions and satziki sauce.

KouZina, 121 N. Main St., is a Greek street food joint, where you’ll find fresh and tasty items on the menu. There are three choices of meats, including original (a combination of lamb and beef), chicken or pork, and all are cooked on traditional vertical broilers.

The Gyro Bowl is a great healthy option, which includes your choice of white or brown rice, topped with your choice of meat, red onion, tomato, lettuce, feta cheese and tomato sauce or tzatziki sauce. You can also order a Greek Salad topped with original, pork or chicken gyro meat.

Greek Gyros are prepared with your choice of homemade pita bread (original, multigrain or gluten free), your choice of meat, tomato, red onion, and either tzatziki or zesty feta sauce. Try the Signature Bobby Gyro with all three meats at once!

Big Tommy’s Parthenon, 40380 Grand River Ave., Novi, serves authentic Greek food, and promises nothing but the freshest ingredients. You can start yourself off with the Gyros Sliced Lamb Platter and share it with the table, if you’re feeling generous.

Gyro lunch specialties include the traditional lamb Gyro Sandwich, as well as the Chicken Gyro. Both can be ordered with fries, rice or a mini Greek salad. If you’d prefer to not have your gyro in sandwich form, try the Gyro Dinner, which includes the same beef and lamb blend served with a side of tomatoes, onions, sageki sauce and pita bread.

No matter where you decide to grab your gyro this weekend, enjoy your meal in sandwich or entrée form. And don’t forget the baklava for dessert!