Flushing, New York
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Whoever has had the pleasure of walking through these doors understands this is where you can enjoy an unforgettable combination of authentic Greek cuisine, warm Greek hospitality, inviting atmosphere, friendly service, and affordable prices, with an emphasis on freshness and simplicity. Our niche has always been Fast Casual Greek Cuisine. That means authentic Greek fast food made with fresh ingredients. We were determined to bring to Flushing, New York the high quality Greek fast food that has now become scarce even in Athens. We pride ourselves in making all of our Greek specialties on premises and never buying frozen ingredients.

More Than Meats the Eye: 5 Interesting Facts About the Gyro November 17, 2016

Flushing, Queens
More Than Meats the Eye: 5 Interesting Facts About the Gyro , Queens, New York

Nothing says Greek cuisine like an authentically prepared gyro, and Gyro World in Ridgewood and Flushing, NY, is the best local spot to get your fix. You may know that a gyro is a Greek sandwich made of either beef, veal, or mutton topped with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce and wrapped in pita bread—but with this dish, there’s more than meets the eye.

Here, Gyro World offers five fun facts about your favorite Greek treat:

  • gyroThe Vertical Rotisserie: One of the reasons gyros are so unique is the way the meat is cooked. It’s stacked on a vertical skewer and cut off the sides into perfectly cooked strips. Evidence links cooking meat on a skewer to ancient Greece, but grilling on a vertical spit wasn’t developed until the 19th century in Ottoman Bursa.
  • Literal Meaning: As a Greek dish, the word gyro comes from the country’s native language. In Greek, “gyro” means “turn,” an appropriate tribute to the cooking technique.
  • Pronunciation Confusion: The proper way to pronounce the word gyro is an issue debated all over the world. It’s pronounced “jee-ro,” “jai-ro,” and “gee-ro,” but with no letter G in the Greek language, it’s naturally pronounced “yeh-ro.”
  • American Introductions: While the idea of combining rotisserie meat and tzatziki sauce into a pita bread sandwich has been a part of Greek cuisine for generations, it wasn’t introduced to American taste buds until 1965. George Apostolou started serving the country’s first gyros at his restaurant in Chicago, IL.
  • A World Record: The gyro earned worldwide fame when Saimi Eid, a Greek restaurant owner, cooked up the world’s largest gyro. At 8,866 pounds, he cooked his massive sandwich with 72 grills and two tons of natural gas.

The next time you feel like indulging in a gyro, impress your friends with your newfound knowledge. Stop by Gyro World in Ridgewood or Flushing, NY, for that one-of-a-kind Greek delicacy. To preview their menu in advance, visit the restaurant online.