Friday, September 28, 2012

Greek Souvlaki: Fast Food of the Healthy Variety, or is it?

Nothing like a good Philly Cheese Gyro. If you have never been here, I know what you are thinking, "What's a Philly Cheese Gyro?" It's always fun to watch the development and transformation of food styles & preparation.

Greek Souvlaki is an Institution in downtown Salt Lake. Other locations have since sprung up in Murray, South Jordan, West Valley and now even the Airport. It's nice to know that there is an option other than Burger King or Pizza Hut when you are waiting for your flight.

Having lived so close to Yanni's Greek Express for many years, it's was difficult to think of other Greek food options. I was introduced to Greek Souvlaki a few years back and it's very nice to choose one or the other. They both are great but with slightly different tastes.

Greek Souvlaki has a diverse menu. You can choose between 3 types of Gyros, 2 types of Souvlaki and a few derivatives in between. There are some great salads and recently they even introduced gourmet spaghetti. You can have your spaghetti in Original Greek, Brown Butter w/Mizithra and Mediterranean. Being a lover of pasta I once ordered the Mediterranean Spaghetti. It has Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Garlic and Oregano. It was good enough but a little dry. I prefer my Heavenly Spaghetti Sauce.

An Americanized version of the Gyro, The Philly Cheese Gyro is a fabulous but unhealthy choice. It's Yeero meat with the combination of green bell peppers, onions and mushrooms, topped with a steak sauce and a mixture of cheeses. You can get it with lemon rice or french fries. Despite my healthy eating habits lately, I went with the fries. They will even give you their own spiced up version of fry sauce. It must have cayenne or paprika in it.

A Gyro or Souvlaki Combo will run you about $7.79, A Salad $7.39, Spaghetti $5.39. There is even a Soup, Salad & Pita Combo for $4.99. Very good prices for a large amount of quality food.

The downtown location is the place to be. Very quaint, original with a relaxed feeling. The other locations are in strip malls where you can enjoy the beautiful parking lot scenery. Come for lunch, dinner or both.

404 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111

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