It's Not All Greek To Me! (a review of Gyro Palace) ** updated: Does Roasted Nuts have a Greek Restaurant Muse?
Growing up, greek meant Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I and Animal House (TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!). Years later, settling in Glendale, I've often been asked if I thought anything was missing. To that, I've replied, simply, yes: a Greek restaurant. Now that Glendale is complete, I have no reason ever to leave again.
See I never lived on the east side, but I used to hang out there all the time. I've been to Greek Town in Chicago numerous times, too. Quite simply, I love Greek food.
You can, therefore, imagine the anticipation that had been slowly building up in me upon first seeing construction for Gyro Palace on Port Washington Road, south of Silver Spring.
I was waiting for the right time to get there, and found out that it opened almost a month ago. Finding myself at the post office near lunch time, I knew that Gyro Palace was my next stop.
And let me tell you, it's quite nice. A lot of people equate Greek restaurants as dives. Holes in the wall. Some are. I usually love those, too. But Milwaukee is lucky to have a large population of Greek restaurants--gyro stands, family style restaurants, and the like. I don't know why it took so long for Glendale to get one, but I was very satisfied.
In a roasted nutshell, the food was great. I had a chicken shishkebob meal with a greek side salad. Let me just say that the chicken was juicy and plentiful. The salad fresh and tasty. Refillable sodas are always a plus. The staff was friendly, and there was no wait.
If I'm not mistaken, this restaurant is one of 3. A quick google search of "gyro palace" turned up 3 in the Milwaukee area: the Glendale one, one on S. 27th, and another in Walker's point on South 2nd Street, which I've been to before and can attest to the tastiness of their gyros and sauce.
I'm a big proponent of supporting local businesses, especially ethnic cuisine, and even more especially, really good food.
Give it a try!
UPDATE: Just a quick tip of the hat to my office mate... who knows who she is... who is claiming credit for me choosing to go to Gyro Palace in the first place. In truth, she beat me to the restaurant and was the first to tell me how wonderful their food is. Satisfied?