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Do you find yourself bored with everyday burgers and peanut butter sandwiches? Expand your sandwich horizons with a Greek classic: gyros. Imagine juicy strips of seasoned beef and lamb wrapped up in soft pita with tomatoes and onions and topped with hummus or tzatziki. Tzatziki is a yogurt-based sauce with cucumbers, garlic, olive oil and various spices. It sounds unusual, but it tastes delicious. Where in Columbia can one find these? VoxTalk has scoured the town to compare the options.
449-4560, 26 S. Ninth St
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m
International Café has both beef and chicken gyros available. The meat’s a little dry comparatively and there’s an excess of lettuce, but it’s still delicious.
442-9004, 21 N. Providence Road
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Olive Café serves the gyro up like a pita pocket. Ordering a gyro sandwich at this establishment gets you two pockets and a side of fries. This gyro seems most authentic, but my taste buds are trained for savory all-American food. Vote: It’s good, but not my favorite.
445-3504, 2001 W. Worley St.
Hours: Mon. through Fri., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat. through Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
This family restaurant serves up gyros with meat, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce with thick-cut French fries on the side. It’s pretty simple, but G&D may well have the best gyro meat out of all the contenders. Fewer toppings and sauce in a ramekin on the side also means this gyro is neater to eat!
449-8215, 11 N. Ninth St.
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Coffee Zone offers a lot more than just coffee. Their gyro is served up on a plate under a mountain of shredded lettuce. Consuming this behemoth requires a knife and fork. Juicy spiced beef and lamb, crisp tomatoes, lettuce and red onions and the incomparable tzatziki sauce combine to make this gyro well worth a visit.
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