I am a big fan of Greek and Mediterranean food, so I was interested when I saw a new place pop up on Hefner Road just west of Rockwell. After a couple of visits, it’s now one of my favorite places for a gyro in the OKC metro.
This is a small family run restaurant that opened just a few months ago, its location is hard to overlook. In a small strip mall near a gymnastics training center, the parking lot looks busy because of the parents at the gym. They have a basic Mediterranean menu, with salads, gyros, falafels, and kebobs. I have gotten the gyro meal every time, so far. The pita is filled with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and feta cheese. It’s just the right size to pick up and eat, not too big. The meal comes with a side of either tater tots or fries, I have tried both and they were good. I finish off the meal with dark chocolate baklava. I love regular baklava, so putting a topping of dark chocolate on it is an extra special treat.
Overall I feel that this is a hidden gem in Oklahoma City, I know more will discover it. The service is great and the restaurant always clean. I will give them 5 strips of bacon with that dark chocolate baklava.
I had seen gyro’s offered for years but never tried them until I met my husband. He introduced them to me on the first trip we made together to the Oklahoma State Fair. Once again, another wonderful food he had brought into my life. The only problem was for many years the only place I thought I could get them was at the fair. For some odd reason I just didn’t think you could get them anywhere else, so a few years ago while complaining that I wanted a gyro but it wasn’t fair season my husband spoke up, “You know there’s a gyro place down Northwest Highway, right?” Well no, I never realized that I had been driving right by Gyro City Café for years.
For those of you who don’t know what a gyro is, let me explain- it’s a Greek sandwich with meat, onions, tomato, and tzatziki sauce rolled up in a pita. The meat can be any type from beef, veal, mutton, pork or chicken as long as it’s cooked on a vertical rotisserie. This type of sandwich has been around since ancient times being developed in the Mediterranean. It’s a different type of sandwich but it is good and Gyro City Café makes one of the best in town. They pile so much meat on that it’s almost impossible to fold up the pita, but that’s ok, you know you’re not getting cheated. You can leave off any of the veggies and the sauce comes in a little cup so you can control how much you get.
If you order the meal at Gyro City Café, you get the huge gyro, a can of pop, and french fries. Their fries are just regular crinkle cut fries but the way they’re cooked makes them perfect. Crispy on the outside, just the way I like them. You can also get baklava as dessert. A treat also from the Mediterranean, it’s a pastry with nuts and soaked in honey.
So if you’re in Northwest Oklahoma City and near the Highway to Hell, stop by Gyro City Café. I give it five strips of bacon.
Address: 7300 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City. On the south side of the road just west of Rockwell in the Rockwell Plaza.