Gyro and Peasant Greek Salad @ Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant

Gyro and Peasant Greek Salad @ Metropulos Fine Foods Merchant
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Originally available only Thursdays-Saturdays, Metropulos’s gyro (pronounced yee-roh) is now a daily menu item at the Mediterranean market and deli, a Funk Zone staple for more than a decade now. A Greek street food in origin, this sort-of sandwich is wrapped in lightly charred pita bread, generously stuffed with thin slices of seasoned ground beef and lamb, and garnished with tomato and onion. The kicker, though, is in the sauce. A yogurt-based concoction of garlicky, cucumber-filled goodness, the tzatziki (zat-zee-kee or cha-chee-kee) is liberally slathered on as the pita wrap’s pièce de résistance. It might appear like condiment overkill at first blush, but don’t be surprised if you’re sopping up the spillage with your pita by meal’s end. Alongside all of that is served a Greek peasant salad, a modest side composed of tomato, onion, and cucumber in a vinegary dressing that acts as an acidic complement to the savory main course. At just under 10 bucks, this is one of the better deals to be found in the Funk Zone. $9.95. 216 E. Yanonali St., (805) 899-2300, metrofinefoods.com.

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