The Gyro Spot: A Taste of The Middle East

Jorie Cohen, Staff Writer

After traveling to Israel in January of 2011, I fell madly in love with Middle Eastern cuisine. Gyros, shwarma, falafel and Tzatziki sauce quickly became part of my regular diet. It was hard to find a place that could make me feel like I was traveling back to Israel but luckily I finally found one on the west end of Oneonta. “The Gyro Spot,” sometimes referred to as “Phoenix Grill.”
This place was delicious. They had a great balance between Greek Cuisine with hints of the Middle East. I ordered fries and a regular gyro, which is lamb, served in a pita with tomatoes, lettuce and Tzatziki sauce (yogurt sauce). They cook pounds of this lamb on a rotating rod standing upright, and once it’s ready to eat, it is scraped off to get perfectly cooked and sliced lamb. The price was reasonable, only $4.50 for the sandwich and $3.00 for the fries.
The Gyro Spot does not only serve gyros. They have plenty of other sandwiches, eggs, salads, etc. I couldn’t help but overhear the other table raving about their grilled chicken sandwich with melted mozzarella, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.
There are some things that you should be aware of before dining at this restaurant. The place is pretty small, so I would recommend take out because when there are more than two tables filled it gets a little clustered. Also, if you would like a water make sure to specify you want a glass. If you don’t ask for a glass of water, they will give you a bottle and charge you for it. The restaurant is easy to miss so keep an eye out when looking for it. When coming from Main Street. it will be on your left side. It is right before “Undercover Eggplant.”
I highly recommend going to “The Gyro Spot.” It’s delicious and there is a sense of comfort from the staff when dining there. Make sure to go on a day other than Monday, which is the only day of the week when it is closed. Enjoy your gyros! gyro

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