Seattle is a town that loves our gyros. And whether it’s beef, lamb, chicken, there is always a heated discussion about which place is best. But without doubt one of the very best is Mr. Gyros in Ballard.
The Gyros Plate comes with your warm and delicious sandwich as well as a “Greek salad,” hummus, and delicious rice, and a pepper. At first I didn’t like the look of the salad as it had lettuce, but when I tasted it I forgot any reservations. I don’t know what the dressing is but it’s really good! The hummus was creamier and more delicious than any I’d had (ah ha, this must be what the real thing tastes like) and the rice was unusual and really good too, kind of creamy. I wonder if they put something in the water when they steam it. The shaved meat is layered up in stacks behind the counter and it looks wonderful, and tastes even better. I have only tried the Gyros Plate because it was so good the first time we went back so my family could try it. However, there are other selections including fattoush and falafal, baba ganoush and mint tea. Yelp reviews call this food “wonderful” “awesome” and “rediculously good” and some people claim to eat there three times a week quite often. I believe it because I took my family back the very next night! It’s so fast for the order, if you walk in you’ll have your food in 3 minutes, or take out to get home and feed the crew. It’s not expensive, and the portions are so big you’ll have leftovers for another full meal or can split an order!
Probably best of all was the friendly service and advice on what’s good. The store is owned and operated by two brothers (it’s their second one, the first was in Greenwood, have not been there yet) and at least one of them is a musician with music playing in the restaurant at times! They are happy and friendly and really make you feel welcome and like they care that you are there. Another little special feature is the take-out window open till 2:30 a.m. on Fridays. And they were voted Best Gyros in Seattle! The tables are high up with high stools and the room is pretty basic, a neighborhood joint kind of feeling, but bright colors and cool posters make it upbeat. Better try it, you can’t go wrong with this one.