Friday, December 9, 2011

Steve's Gyros

Steve's Gyros can be found inside The West Side Market (Cleveland's oldest and most trusted market) in Cleveland, Ohio. Steve's has earned several accolades, including being Cleveland's #1 Gyro. In June 2011, the Food Network's Anne Burrell mentioned Steve's gyro in an episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." And of course, for all "Man v. Food" fans, Adam Richman filmed a segment here on the Cleveland episode in June 2010.

The West Side Market!

Inside West Side Market...huge! A foodie's dream, really!

Yup, just look for E-13!
Meat on the spit!
Great attitude probably gets you a bigger portion...?

Adam Richman with employees at Steve's Gyros
One of Adam Richman's favorite places!
Steve's opens around 10 a.m., and I knew it was vital to get here early. Usually by around noon, the line can get extremely long, and it may be pushing it to get a gyro here if you show up after 1 p.m. The average wait time can be up to one hour, and Steve's may close the line about 60-90 minutes before closing to ensure everyone in line gets served. Luckily for me, by being among the first that day, I didn't have to wait long.

I ordered a regular gyro with everything (lamb/beef strips on a grilled, buttered pita, with tomato, onion, lettuce, and their sour cream-based sauce.

A huge gyro!
It was hard to get my hands around it...even after eating a bunch of the meat!
I thoroughly enjoyed the flavorful lamb and beef meat from the spit. The fresh veggies in a gyro always get a thumbs up from me. The pita was buttered and toasted to perfection on the flattop.

Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of the sour cream-based sauce. Perhaps it's just my general aversion to sour cream. For a small consolation, I appreciated the sauce's slight kick.

For $8, I got a very generous portion of food. The regular gyro alone must have had over a pound of meat. Steve's has an incredible fan following, and I'm privileged to have tried their gyro for myself. But ultimately, taste is one of the main factors in my rating, and the sour cream-based sauce didn't work for me. Sorry guys...just an average score from me (slightly bumped up for the great gyro meat and the wonderful pita toasting). 6/10

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