Where to go for Great Gyros

By Melissa Natwick

July 18, 2012

Gyros get a signature finish at these Seattle restaurants.

This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Image Credit: 

Christine Cox

Usually stuffed with zesty ingredients like crisp veggies and succulent meat and topped with zingy tzatziki sauce, gyros get a signature finish at these local restaurants.

Aladdin Gyro-cery
Take a magic carpet ride to Aladdin Gyro-Cery for a lamb gyro, filled with lettuce, tomatoes and green peppers, drenched in either a fiery tahini sauce or creamy tzatziki and wrapped in a fluffy, warm pita. $4.75 regular/$5 jumbo; cash only. 4139 University Way NE; 206.632.5253.

Lake City Gyros
Lake City Gyros stuffs a double serving of lamb into this tasty, sloppy delight, then tops it with freshly grilled onions, lathers it in tzatziki sauce and wraps it in a perfectly grilled pita. $6. 12336 Lake City Way NE; 206.361.4533.

Mr. Gyros
The chicken gyro sandwich packs in vegetable servings (fresh lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers), but it’s the house-made sauce that will win you over. $6. Two locations: including Greenwood, 8411 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.706.7472; mrgyroseattle.com

Kokoras Greek Grill
Kokoras Greek Grill’s pita bread is a heavenly nibble in itself, grilled with olive oil, Greek spices and garlic. Co-owner Spiros Rouvas uses a top-secret gyro marinade recipe from his island homeland of Corfu to marinate the lamb and beef tucked inside. $8. 6400 1/2 California Ave. SW; 206.913.0041; kokorasgreekgrill.com

Mawadda Cafe
This West Seattle eatery mixes both local and foreign flavors, using lamb and beef sourced from Woodinville; the chicken gyros soak up a mixture of 25 different imported spices. $8. 4433 S Graham St.; 206.760.0911; mawaddacafe.com


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