Battle Gyro: Gyros in the Loop v. Gyro House

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Sarah Baraba
The gyro at Gyro House
​In September Gut Check reported on the conflict raging between two gyro joints in the Loop: Gyros in the Loop (571 Melville Avenue; 314-725-5343) and the Gyro House (6152 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-5638).

After the death of the Gyro House's long-time owner Ahmed Eltawmi, the restaurant moved east down Delmar Boulevard near Pi, and Gyros in the Loop opened up in Eltawmi's old location. Some punches were thrown, cops were called, a lawsuit was filed, and needless to say the two gyro restaurants aren't exactly chummy. Signs out front of the two eateries are indicative of the feud: Smiling down from the Gyros in the Loop's sign is a curiously similar likeness to the late Eltawmi, and blazing in neon below the Gyro House's name is "ORIGINAL," lest Loop-goers forget who forged this territory first.

With bad taste lingering between the owners, Gut Check figured we'd wage a battle between the two eateries battle on just that: taste. We pitted the restaurants' namesakes against each other in a battle as epic as Achilles vs. Hector.

The contenders:
Gyros in the Loop
We popped in at Gyros in the Loop first and ordered their standard gyro. Served open-faced on a pita, the first thing we noticed about this gyro was the tzatziki sauce. It left our mouths watering. Tzatziki sauce is all about offering a cool, cucumbery flavor to contrast the seasoned meat, but this sauce was sleeping on the job.

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Sarah Baraba
Gyros in the Loop: This newer restaurant claims to be the true heir to the original Gyro House.
​The meat, on the other hand, was expertly shaven off the spit and cooked with just the right amount of crisp and without grease, often the downfall of a gyro. While the presentation of the gyro at Gyros in the Loop had our hopes high, it left us hungry for more flavor.

The Gyro House
With a gyro baby in our belly, we marched, er, waddled down Delmar Boulevard for Round 2 hoping for solid kick in the taste buds from the Gyro House. When our gyro was delivered we did a double take: This Greek sandwich looked nearly identical to the one we had just consumed. Also served open-faced, the Gyro House's take sports a hefty dollop of tzatziki that resembles meringue more than a sauce. Now we love creamy, calorie-laden goodness slathered on just about anything, but the Gyro House's tzatziki was too heavy for our liking. (Granted, it did taste more cucumbery than its rival's, and even had a hint of spice.)

Despite the mountain of sauce, this gyro had some kick. A toasted pita and peppery meat pumped up the sandwich's flavor and the crisp tomato, lettuce and onion garnishes left us savoring each bite.

The victor?
Strikingly similar in presentation, tzatziki and taste, it was difficult to determine a winner in this feud. In a narrow victory, however, we felt the Gyro House came out on top. The legend of Eltawmi's Mediterranean cuisine lives on: The Gyro House simply packs more flavor.


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11 comments
Sandy Angel
Sandy Angel

I reallyappreciate the author for sharing this informative article, thanks for the goodinsight here. I really enjoyed reading this blog. For best food place Ialwaysprefer only

Gyro House - Downtownthe service ane the Foods are truely very good and delicious. Once you gothere, you really want go again.

Sandy Angel
Sandy Angel

  Ireally appreciate the author for sharing this informative article, thanks forthe good insight here. I really enjoyed reading this blog. For best food place Ialways prefer only

Gyro House - Downtown the service ane the Foods are truely very good and delicious. Once you go there, you really want go again.

Qestew
Qestew

Gyro House is by far the better of the 2. Haven't found anything that even comes close to them. Gyro House is the Best in STL hands down.

Ironmike
Ironmike

I just wish you had kids, so i could kick them in the Fucking head, stomp all over their testicles. So yall feel the pain I feel every morning when I wake up.

wiffle ball
wiffle ball

This blogger is clearly a moron. Anybody who's been in the St. Louis restaurant industry for more than 6 months knows there's really one primary Greek food supplier, and that Gyros in the Loop and Gyros House both use that same supplier. So any difference in the flavor of the meat is completely in this blogger's imagination. And that the Gyros in the Loop meat is "expertly cut" should be more than enough to indicate they have the more skilled staff and the better product.

Further, the statement, "The legend of Eltawmi's Mediterranean cuisine lives on: The Gyro House simply packs more flavor." is probably one of the dumbest things published on the internet in the past 6 months. Anybody who was a fan of "Eltawmi's Mediterranean cuisine" knows that only one of his former employees made the switch to "Gyros House Original." And anybody who's been around the Loop more than 3 weeks knows that employee is a drunk and a sex offender. 

It's much more likely that the deciding factor in this "narrow victory" was the fact that "Gyros House Original" just dropped a bunch of money advertising in the RFT. LOL

Guest
Guest

I feel like the meat at Gyros in the Loop is rather bland and usually not crisp enough. Grease would actually be an improvement. Haven't had Gyro House but will next time.

Anthonino's Taverna on The Hill has righteous gyros, meat's seasoned like it should be. Gyro salad (a garden salad with gyro meat and gorgonzola) was different but pretty awesome itself.

Derekbertman
Derekbertman

GB grill in alton illinois has the best gyros!

Noemail
Noemail

If you're ever on the east side of the river, try Lilly's in Fairview Heights.  Their gyros are the best on IL side of the river.

Yiiiip
Yiiiip

Gyro House for sure. Last place if more than 2 were considered: Pita Pit downtown. Gyro is turrrrrrrrible.

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