Gyros in Chicago

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2004/07/02 15:15:32 (permalink)

Gyros in Chicago

Fellow Chicago people:

Where do you go for great gyros? I like Athenian Room (if I can resist ordering the chicken) and Pegasus (in Greektown). A storefront place on Broadway and Briar in Lakeview that I thought had the best gyros in the city - I think it was called "Gyros on a spit" - closed about four years ago. I'm still mourning. They had the best pita bread I've ever tasted.
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    Cosmos
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/02 17:11:44 (permalink)
    I will watch the responses with interest. Danimal, I think you and I have traded comments on the Athenian Room in the past, and yeah the chicken was/is great. I used to go to a place in New Town (...."Boy's Town"...not that there's anything wrong with that...) I can't remember the name, (haven't lived in Chicago since '86)but they made great gyros.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/02 18:12:26 (permalink)
    Over 20 years ago I would go to a place at the corner of Western and Diversey called, I think, Nikko's. Gyros always perfect, "extra sauce, please!" French fries--mediocre. Isn't that place gone?

    I went to a street fair here in San Francisco not long after I left Chicago and had the WORST gyros of my life. Last Summer when I was back, I forgot about getting gyros, so I'm looking forward to having some again in between Steak 'n Shake runs.

    Cosmos, the residents of the neighborhood call it "Boys' Town," as they have since the mid-1970s. Thank you for using the correct term, and not the name City Hall prefers.

    Okay, now--let's hear about those gyros places!
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/02 18:34:06 (permalink)
    We like The Parthenon in Greektown; we're regulars there. The gyros are good. Ditto the Chicken Spanaki, which I always seem to order whenever I'm there. Can't resist it. Everybody we've ever taken there seems to dig the lamb and chickens roasting on spits in the window. Waiters with about 4 "saganakis" (flaming cheese) on one arm, lighting them all at once. You can feel the heat 6 feet away! The kid loves that.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/04 15:57:55 (permalink)
    Thanks, KimChee, for your suggestion. Ah, saganaki! But, other readers, please tell us all if you know of a good gyros "stand" as opposed to the finer Greek restaurants. Good fries to complement the good gyros would be wonderful!
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/04 16:04:26 (permalink)
    Thanks, KimChee, for your suggestion. Ah, saganaki! But, other readers, please tell us all if you know of a good gyros "stand" as opposed to the finer Greek restaurants. Good fries to complement the good gyros would be wonderful!
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/05 01:12:14 (permalink)
    Gyros King, at Ogden and Main in Downers Grove. Weird looking building, but the Gryos are great. They've been there forever (at least 27 years since I moved to the area).
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/05 21:40:59 (permalink)
    Thanks, Jim, but how about somewhere near Rogers Park?
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/06 09:09:45 (permalink)
    I have always like "The Works" on Golf Roaf at Washington, in Glenview.

    They make their own sauce, it is really good. Try one with grilled onions.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/07/07 15:26:36 (permalink)
    I just located that intersection on a map. Thanks, fdaniels! Still hoping for a Rogers Park/Evanston suggestion.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/13 10:05:35 (permalink)
    Any other suggestions, anyone?
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/13 12:11:49 (permalink)
    I have a few suggestions.

    Hub's (two locations) - Lincoln Avenue south of Bryn Mawr in Chicago and in Skokie at 3727 Dempster.

    Cross-Rhodes - Chicago Avenue and Main Street in Evanston (915 Chicago Avenue I believe).

    Dengeos - Main Street and McCormick in Skokie.

    All these locations have very good gyros. The other items (burgers, shish-ka-bob, ribs, etc) they serve vary in quality, but most everything is good at these locations. I favor Hub's (Skokie location) for gyros. The meat is great, the sauce is a favorite of mine. As much as I enjoy onions on my gyros, their onions can be a bit strong (as evidenced by the people who order plates and sandwiches without onions). I'm not 100% sure why, but if I suspect correctly from my time in the food service industry, the onions are sliced in a quanity that will last for 3-4 days. You might not want to get in on the tail end of that. Other than that, beyond going to Greektown, I don't think you can go wrong if you try any of these locations.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/13 12:54:29 (permalink)
    Danimal: You and I think alike. Athenian Room (but the chicken usually wins out) and Pagasus. I haven't been to Cross-
    Rhodes in a few years but do remember it as being good.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/13 13:41:03 (permalink)
    I'm not from Chicago, but I used to spend alot of time there on business and there was this joint called The Prince near O'Hare that we just raved about. It served the largest gyro I've ever seen, and each of the ingredients were distinctively good in quality; the meat was savory, the onions and cucumber fresh, and the sauce balanced and not too runny. I haven't been there in a while but I have fond memories of what I would call the definitive gyro
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    danimal15
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/23 12:01:03 (permalink)
    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. I can't wait to try some of these places, particularly the ones near me (I'm in the north suburbs).

    Dan
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/23 14:43:56 (permalink)
    I dunno how close you are to the Arlington Heights/Palatine area but if you get a chance try Kosta's Gyros on the corner of Dundee and Hicks in Palatine. This is literally the best gyros I've ever had .... and I've been to almost all the so-called "best" gyro joints in the chi-town area.

    Although avoid the lunch time hours if you can cuz it can get busier than any Portillos during lunch.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2004/08/23 16:54:12 (permalink)
    I agree on Cross Rhodes in Evanston - right off the El stop at Main. Great Greek Fries also.

    Further out, but very good also, is The Works in Morton Grove/Niles on Golf at Washington. Not bad also is Goodi's on Milwaukee north of Golf, but The Works is much better.

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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2005/04/13 16:14:01 (permalink)
    Five Faces has great gyros on Division near State, right next to Butch's around the corner from PJ Clarkes. Greektown Gyros on Halsted is good too, which is not a formal restaurant.

    The Athenian Room is awesome indeed. My brother and I go there, one gets the chicken, the other the gyros plate, and we split it all. Just awesome.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2005/04/13 18:27:41 (permalink)
    I haven't been there since 1979, but there was a great little place in Evanston, The Noyes Street Cafe, 828 Noyes Street, (847) 475-8683. It had all different kinds of food, but the gyros and brats were wonderful. I could be wrong about the name, but that's the only restaurant at what looks to be the right address that I can find at 411.com.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2005/04/13 22:56:55 (permalink)
    "the pita inn" on west dempster[skokie]for greek and middle eastern cusine,inexpensive good quality,very busy and clean.
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    RE: Gyros in Chicago 2005/04/14 03:30:27 (permalink)
    Preno's, in Bolingbrook of all places, is very good.

    Also AJ's on Damen and Archer, behind the Huck Finn. Makes a good gyros with feta cheese, guy makes fresh-cut fries too.
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