A local favorite, Gyro World prides itself on being Queens' top Greek restaurant for over ten years. With locations in both Flushing and Ridgewood, the gyro restaurant regularly draws in locals with its delicious fresh food made in-house. Gyro World also prides itself on being one of the first restaurants to bring the traditional pork gyro to the US. Below, these gyro experts tell the history of this global old-world favorite.
The modern gyro was first made in Athens in 1922, and its creation was influenced by a heavy Greek and Armenian migration from Turkey. When the refugees settled, they opened small shops selling fresh food on nearly every corner, and gyros became a major hit. In the 1940's, their popularity spread to western Europe and into the United States, and the gyro became one of the first truly global fast foods.
Originating from the Greek word pronounced “gheereezo,” the popular snack's base is a stacked pile of thinly sliced meat. While the most common type of gyro is made of lamb or beef, a traditional greek restaurant will serve the savory sandwich traditional style — with thin slices of pork. The pork is roasted so that the layers blend together and are easily chopped into thin slices. Toppings of tomato, onions, lettuce and traditional tzatziki sauce are then added to create the perfect gyro. Sometimes spices or a sprinkling of feta are added for even more flavor, although this fresh food tastes most delicious just the way it was designed — simple and full of flavor. Nowadays, restaurants offering gyros range from quick corner stands to mom and pop shops to chain restaurants. With American chains taking over, the gyro has officially reached its peak.
Searching for fresh, mouthwatering Greek food? NYC's most authentic and adored gyros are ready and waiting at Gyro World. Visit the Greek restaurant online to view the full menu, and start enjoying the most delectable Greek food in Queens today!