We often get the question “Who has the best gyro in town?” We know everyone has their own opinions on this subject, but we decided to do our own Eat Jackson study to determine Eat Jackson’s favorite gyro. We chose four of the more popular Greek joints in and around Jackson and ordered the same thing at each (“I want your standard Greek Gyro, please.”) in hopes of finding the best there is!
After breaking down each gyro using our highly scientific research process, here are our findings…
Location: Maywood Mart in Jackson
Name of item on menu: Authentic Greek Gyro under the Greek Gyros heading.
Comes standard with: Lamb, lettuce, tomato, browned onions, and Tzatziki sauce.
About the pita: It appeared to be buttered then slapped on the griddle for a hot minute. VERY tasty.
About the meat: Wraps dices their lamb into nice squares and moderately seasons it. It is some good tasting stuff.
Dine in or take-out? We got this to go.
Neatness of consumption: The take-out version of this Gyro comes wrapped in tin foil, so upon unwrapping, all the freshness is unleashed. You’re on your own as far as keeping all the goods inside the pita, should you choose to pick this up and eat it. Eating with a fork is also an option, but the messy route is much more exciting.
Comments: The browned onions mixed in with the lamb made this Gyro very flavorful. As far as experience at the restaurant, I was a little disappointed that Jackson’s equivalent to Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” wasn’t working that day. BUT, the folks working that day were exceptionally pleasant, despite the reputation of the owner.
Location: Just off Highway 51 in Madison
Name of item on menu: Gyro under the Pitas heading
Comes standard with: A blend of Beef and Lamb, lettuce, red onions, and Tzatziki sauce.
About the pita: Soft, fresh, and un-doctored.
About the meat: This Gyro came with a mix of lamb and beef inside it, both sliced off the rotisserie. Some of the meat was almost crispy, which I thought added a nice change from most regular Gyros. It was a bit greasier than the other three.
Dine in or take-out? Take out, baby!
Neatness of Consumption: This Gyro was wrapped from the neck down in wax paper, serving a purpose much like a straight jacket. All of the unruly bits of the Gyro were contained until it was time to eat them. As you probably know, we recommend you leave the wax paper on the Gyro and peel it back as you eat.
Comments: The take-out process did take a little longer than it should have, but the reward was worth the wait for the most part. My only complaint was that the lettuce wasn’t as fresh as it should have been. I liked everything else, even the greasy meat. This is the most expensive of the four Gyros being discussed today, but I’m not sure it has reason to be…
Location: Jackson Street District in Olde Towne Ridgeland
Name of item on menu: Lamb under Authentic Style Gyros heading
Comes standard with: Lamb, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and Tzatziki sauce.
About the pita: Soft, fresh, and yummy!
About the meat: Krilakis coarsely dices their lamb to make for cleaner eating. It seemed lightly seasoned and was very tender. Quite possibly some of the best lamb ever ingested by Eat Jackson…
Dine in or take-out? Dine in, table for one! (Quick tip on maintaining coolness when dining by yourself: Bring an iPad or something equivalent and appear to be engrossed in something. If someone sees you and asks why you’re by yourself, tell them you’re working through lunch, so you can leave early at the end of the day to go on an awesome trip. Works every time.)
Neatness of consumption: Exactly the same as Wraps, even when dining in. It is wrapped in tin foil and when unwrapped, fresh steam and gorgeous smells exude from the Gyro.
Comments: The Gyro from Krilakis was the freshest one of the four. It was hot off the press and that was obvious! The pita bread and meat were still really warm, and the toppings were as fresh as they come.
Location: Belhaven area in Jackson across from Baptist Medical Center just off of State Street.
Name of item on menu: Gyro under Pita Wraps heading
Price: $7.00 (Although their online menu says $6.65, it’s in fact $7 in person.)
Comes standard with: A blend of Beef and Lamb, lettuce, white onion, and Zazeeki sauce
About the pita: This pita bread was not as soft as I expected. Slightly tough, actually.
About the meat: Keifer’s uses a lean blend of beef and lamb shaved off the rotisserie for their Gyro. This meat was very, very tender but could have used a touch more gusto as far as seasoning goes.
Dine in or take-out? We dined in on this one.
Neatness of Consumption: This Gyro was wrapped from the neck down in wax paper as well. Neatness is just easier to maintain with the wax paper method of serving.
Comments: The Zazeeki sauce at Keifer’s is much like a Tzatziki sauce, but better. Their creamy white condiment is thicker than what you’ll find elsewhere and has good chunks of cucumber in it. The service was exceptionally quick the day we got this Gyro, which was a welcomed surprise considering how crowded they were.
THE GYRO AWARDS:
After carefully tasting each Gyro, we’ve come up with a few awards to hand out. Bear in mind that these awards are based on the four Gyros we tasted in order to write this story. With that in mind, here are the winners of our first ever Eat Jackson Gyro Awards!
The Best Overall Flavor: Wraps
The Best Pita Bread: Wraps
The Best Tzatziki/Zazeeki Sauce: Keifer’s
The Best Meat: Krilakis
The Most Unique Gyro: Kristos, because of the crunch their meat had. Very different!
The Freshest Gyro: Krilakis
The Best Value for the Money: Krilakis. They load theirs down with meat and veggies!
The Prettiest Gyro: Wraps
What place in the area has YOUR favorite Gyro? We’d love to hear from you!
1220 East Northside Dr.
Jackson, MS 39211
971 Madison Ave
Madison, MS 39110
207 W Jackson St Suite D
Ridgeland, MS 39157
705 Poplar Blvd
Jackson, MS 39202