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Best gyro in town?

Just curious to see who makes the best gyro in town?

I've had them at:

Shai Cafe
Tiger Bakery

Right now, I think Rumors would be me pick. The meat at Shai is too thin for my liking.. and was dry a couple times. I haven't had Charlie's in awhile though. Tiger Bakery's tzatziki sauce was very thin.. and didn't come with any tomatoes, lettuce, etc. like I'm typically used to.

Any other suggestions?

created by wahhutch9 on Aug 23, 2010 at 02:16:43 pm     Food     Comments: 51

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J&G in Sylvania, hands down.

posted by billy on Aug 23, 2010 at 02:29:18 pm     #  

The Gyros @ Mano's are great.

posted by upso on Aug 23, 2010 at 02:55:35 pm     #  

I am now hungry. I do remember having a very good one at Rumors.

posted by Hoops on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:13:38 pm     #  

The Wing Station on the corner of Secor and Sylvania. Phenomenal gryos for somewhere in the $4.00 range. Thanks for posting this - you just decided what my dinner will be tonight. I think they have been there for about ten years. It's not a fly by night franchise - locally owned. Also great salads.

posted by Danneskjold on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:13:45 pm     #  

Awesome.. I'll have to check these places out!


posted by wahhutch9 on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:18:25 pm     #  

Tie between J&G's and Wings Express (aka Wings Station). Both equally good.

posted by mixman on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:53:32 pm     #  

Gyro on the Cone at Sahara's on Dussel and Holland.

posted by SensorG on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:54:10 pm     #  

Sams Deli at Stickney & Matzinger or Wales & I75. They put Feda cheese on theirs,different, but good. And good old Rudy's Hot Dog due to a really good sauce.

posted by OldTimer on Aug 23, 2010 at 04:09:35 pm     #  

J&G's is great, Charlies is ok...Wing Station
is similar to Rumors.. But Rumors is the best...It is a combination of good sauce and the right spice...a little crispy on opposed to commercially sold those awful olgas..overpriced
bread and little meat...

posted by zeffer1940 on Aug 23, 2010 at 04:52:30 pm     #  

Gyro and Kabob Express at Airport and Holloway in Holland.

posted by micah on Aug 23, 2010 at 05:03:04 pm     #  

The one at Coney Island at the mall (pre-Westfield transformation) was always so good.

posted by Ryan on Aug 23, 2010 at 05:23:19 pm     #  

We use the Wings Station (I guess it's now called Wings Express?) on Byrne at Glendale (a few doors down from Doc Watson's) and yum yum yum, we've been getting gyros from them for years.

I did notice the last time we ordered from them a couple of months ago that there seemed to be slightly less meat than what we've come to expect. It wasn't different enough, though, to stop us from going back to Wings Station the next time we want gyros.

posted by jmleong on Aug 23, 2010 at 05:43:47 pm     #  

I'm headed to J&G's in Sylvania this evening. Excellent gyros!

posted by madjack on Aug 23, 2010 at 06:00:58 pm     #  

my vote is for wing station, it would be rumors if they used thicker bread. Manos has great gyros too.

posted by jhop on Aug 23, 2010 at 06:06:02 pm     #  

always J&G's but don't try to pick it up with your hands, lol.

posted by nana on Aug 23, 2010 at 11:05:45 pm     #  

Rumors is my pick. They have the best Mediterranean food. And the portions they serve are huge. The Greek Festival is coming up in September. I always take bags of stuff home from there. Can't wait.

posted by gemini on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:28:48 pm     #  

All these plugs for Rumors I am going to have to check it out. I always thought it was a bar that served food vs a restaurant with a bar.

posted by Ryan on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:07:00 am     #  

Nana --

What would you have us pick it up with???

posted by Anniecski on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:46:13 am     #  

I've personally never had a great experience at Rumors. I should give it another try.

posted by upso on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:26:15 pm     #  

Mmmmmmmm..........Greek Festival.........can't wait......gotta start clearing out the fridge to make room.............

For those who like to cook (and I LOVE to cook) do yourself a favor and buy the cookbook they sell at the Greek Festival - I think it's called "Olives, Feta, Phylo and More..."

Great cookbook. Many of the recipes are actually quite simple. Some are more difficult - but worth the effort.

And don't forget to give Dora a great big hug (she typically works the cash register at the large food court on the south side of the Festival).

posted by Foodie on Aug 25, 2010 at 02:04:22 pm     #  

The greek festival is by far the best fest in town when it comes to food.

posted by toledolen_ on Aug 25, 2010 at 02:25:06 pm     #  

Agreed. Also the sanest as far as drunks go.

posted by Ryan on Aug 25, 2010 at 02:34:23 pm     #  

Agreed. Followed closely by the German American Festival which is where I will be spending a large part of my weekend.

Lots of new things this year for the GA Festival - such as being able to buy tickets online in advance at a discount. Or multi day passes at even bigger discounts.

And, for my fellow German beer lovers, don't miss out on the German Bier Tour.

posted by Foodie on Aug 25, 2010 at 02:34:24 pm     #  

I haven't found a very good one yet. I found J&G's pretty substandard and bland (love their pizza, though). Gyro Town beat J&G's, which isn't saying all that much.

posted by dhr on Aug 25, 2010 at 05:47:35 pm     #  

Zingo's in downtown Perrysburg for the best gyro. Hubby is a real gyro hound; I've watched him eat them at Charlie's, Manos, Ahmed's, and many many other places. He says Zingo's is the best he's ever had, and he knows whereof he speaks!

posted by viola on Aug 25, 2010 at 07:42:26 pm     #  

Has anyone tried the Gyros at Bedford Coney Island?

posted by ronaldo on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:01:35 pm     #  

I gotta agree that J & G does have some amazing gyros as well as pizza but a close second would have to be Ya Halla on Alexis Rd. I don't know if it's their gyro sauce or what but it give J & G a run for their money.

posted by mikelal24 on Aug 27, 2010 at 12:25:47 am     #  

Annie, a knife and fork! the thing is so packed with meat and the pita is so thin, you CANNOT eat it with your hands. :)

posted by nana on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:22:23 pm     #  

Went to Zingo's tonight. Their gyro blows J&G's away. Best I've had in town, by far.

posted by dhr on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:26:42 pm     #  

no kidding? what makes their's so special?

posted by upso on Aug 28, 2010 at 11:28:41 pm     #  

Well, that's a tough one because I'm not sure I would say it's the best I've ever had, or anything. And there are still a few places in Toledo I need to try.

I thought the meat was cooked well and the flavor of the meat & tzatziki was strong and good. In comparison to J&G's, especially, which I find really, really bland. J&G's is a much larger sandwich, which isn't really a selling point for me.

I've always had the best luck at Greek festivals, really.

posted by dhr on Aug 28, 2010 at 11:42:25 pm     #  

So, in other words, I don't know if there's is exceptionally's just the best I've had in town so far and I plan on going back.

posted by dhr on Aug 28, 2010 at 11:42:51 pm     #  

Sounds good. I've had great salads at Zingo's, so I'll have to try the gyro.

posted by toledolen_ on Aug 29, 2010 at 01:21:22 pm     #  

Toledo Talk is an economic stimulus! We tried out J&Gs Friday night since so many of you liked the gyro. Hubby agrees with dhr's description. I tried the pizza; it was good. The sign out front and interior decor were a real blast from the past. Anyone who wants to experience an authentic 1960's wallpaper vibe should definitely go there. Bonus: a young street musician playing his guitar outside. Hope he doesn't get run off by police.

posted by viola on Aug 29, 2010 at 05:31:12 pm     #  

My wife and I ordered a pizza from J&G's on Friday (carryout), as well. I noticed the street musician outside, as well.

posted by dhr on Aug 29, 2010 at 09:06:42 pm     #  

Gonna sound strange but they make a great gyro at sidelines (original) in Lambertville. also see Mike atthe Bier Stube on Monroe Street he makes a bice gyro! :)

posted by stooks on Aug 30, 2010 at 09:17:00 am     #  

Had to take the 4 legged, furry child for therapy last evening out in Sylvania.

Afterward, had a terrible craving for Gyros and I remembered this thread so we ordered up a couple of Gyros and a small pizza to go from J&G - hadn't been there in ages. The place was packed with people waiting outside.

Both items were very good. I couldn't believe how much gyro meat was stuffed into the pita - enough for two people to enjoy. But, as dhr mentioned above, I did find it to be a bit bland.

The pizza was tasty - especially liked the cheese but, overall, I found it a bit too greasy and the (thin) crust was "ok".

I still have to give the nod to Inky's for pizza and to Manos for gyros. Of course, IMHO, THE best gyros are those we get at the Greek Festival but those will have to wait until next year.

posted by Foodie on Oct 19, 2010 at 01:55:30 pm     #  

I will have to remember that about Manos. Last time we were there for lunch I was very unimpressed with my mousakka(sp).

posted by Ryan on Oct 19, 2010 at 02:09:14 pm     #  

I've only had the one at Grape Leaf Diner and it's been too legit to quit. But I am willing to venture out and try these other places listed.

posted by djimpelr on Oct 20, 2010 at 07:08:47 am     #  

We always liked the gyros at Wings Station, but it's been a few months since we've been there, so I was unaware that they'd changed their name, or that they may have cut back a little on the meat. If so, too bad; I could never eat all of one in one setting, so it was good for lunch the next day too! Also like their Greek salad...

posted by texlovera on Oct 20, 2010 at 08:52:58 am     #  

I have been to Gyro & Kabob Express out on Airport a few times since I started this thread... I've been pleased. It's somewhat on my way home from work which makes it convenient. I will try the others listed here though.

posted by wahhutch9 on Oct 26, 2010 at 02:02:31 pm     #  

bump -- we actually tried many of the above after these recommendations, thereby recognizing jr as a force for economic development in Toledo :-)

posted by viola on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:27:57 am     #  

Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Wings Station at Sylvania and Secor. My favorite gyro in town, and an exquisitely delicious grilled chicken Greek salad.

posted by gamegrrl on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:54:02 pm     #  

Manos! The only problem is after all the bread and oil, greek salad, and soup, it's hard to finish the huge portion haha. Makes a great breakfast haha.

posted by MrGlass419 on Oct 17, 2013 at 05:45:10 pm     #   1 person liked this

viola posted at 06:42:26 PM on Aug 25, 2010:

Zingo's in downtown Perrysburg for the best gyro. Hubby is a real gyro hound; I've watched him eat them at Charlie's, Manos, Ahmed's, and many many other places. He says Zingo's is the best he's ever had, and he knows whereof he speaks!

Ok-So-Viola is consistent. She just made this exact same comment about her excitement over the new Zingo's in Cricket West. I challenged her, and said I would start a new thread about that subject. Lo and behold, TT had it covered 7 years ago, and Viola followed up in 2013, with her additional findings.

So-If you haven't weighed in before-who has the best? I like Grape Leaf, Gyro/Kabob and Manos, for Gyros. My criteria are the following-Good, fresh, soft Pita, VERY crisp grilled meat Good fresh veggies (onion, lettuce tomato-not mealy, pickle, or some combo of those), and great Tzatziki.

What say you?

posted by ahmahler on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:31:16 am     #  

Lazeez on St. Clair

posted by jamesteroh on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:00:40 pm     #   1 person liked this

Now I want a Gyro.

posted by upso on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:43:04 pm     #  

upso posted at 11:43:04 AM on Feb 15, 2017:

Now I want a Gyro.

Lol. Me too.

posted by justread on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:44:35 pm     #  

Just one?

posted by Foodie on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:58:07 pm     #  

I have found the gyro at Sahara's in Maumee to be very good

posted by toddhuey on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:42:05 pm     #  

It was Theo's until it closed down.

posted by westsidebob on Feb 16, 2017 at 01:53:00 pm     #