Nestled behind Frontier and across from Main Campus on Cornell Drive rests the Greek eatery Gyros Mediterranean. Gyros sports authentic Mediterranean plates, such as gyro sandwiches, falafel and moussaka. It provides an excellent local taste of Mediterranean cuisine for any customer willing to reach overseas for exotic flavors.
The headlining dish of Gyros is of course the gyro itself, a Greek sandwich made with lamb and various vegetables, wrapped in pita bread. Prepared in the traditional kebab style, where the meat is slow cooked on a spit, the gyro meat was tender and juicy, each bite bursting with succulent and powerful flavor. Onions, tomatoes, banana-peppers and tzatziki sauce all met the taste buds with a tantalizing taste that blended perfectly with the freshly-cut gyro meat.
The tabbouleh, a Persian salad of freshly sliced parsley, green onions and tomatoes, was fresh and pleasing although admittedly bitter compared to most recipes. Sides of fresh-cut fries and pita chips came out steaming with every plate and were perfect for the sauces and dips that Gyros also serves. Hummus, skordalia (a Greek garlic dip) and New Mexico’s own green chile are just a few of the options that one can add to any dish to spice up the flavor.
After a delicious feast of sandwiches and salads, Gyros provides the perfect treat to end the night — sweet and syrupy Baklava with a cinnamon twist. The pastry is crisp and chewy unlike most that are often too flaky or dried out from sitting overnight or not enough syrup drizzled on top.
While the food is no doubt the star of Gyros, the atmosphere of the restaurant is cool and inviting. The walls are plastered with maps and colorful menus, the seating is spacious and plentiful, and the smoky smells seeping out of the kitchen are savory and mouth-watering. Gyros is the perfect place to come relax for a mid-day meal after class or for dinner with a group of friends on a rowdy Saturday night.
No matter the occasion, you can be sure that Gyros will provide delicious food and an inviting environment. The ingredients are fresh, the atmosphere is lively and the staff is plenty accommodating. So, the next time you’re craving exotic dishes that are both filling and delicious, head over to Gyros for the perfect cut.
Troy Amato is a freelance reporter for the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @troy_amato.