Look for the bright yellow box | Arts & Appetite
Last updated 9/29/2022 at 6:17pm
Mr. Gyro Express is at the corner of 164th Street SW and 52nd Avenue West, at the Edmonds border, and you cannot miss it: it's painted rubber ducky yellow!
When you pull in to the parking area, you are between the Tazza di Vita coffee stand and this delightfully bright food stand. The order window and tiny kitchen are in the yellow box on the left; storage in the yellow box on the right; and a cute little covered seating area in between (complete with green turf and twinkly lights).
The outdoor set-up was fantastic for pandemic dining in the Pacific Northwest, and though that may have initially gotten my attention, it is the food that keeps me going back.
This is the third location for this growing local business, along with catering and a mobile food truck. Their menu includes the gyro-stand classics and one or two things you may not have tried before. No matter what you order, though, the fresh ingredients and attention to detail make every item a pleasure.
You can see the freshness of the vegetables before you take your first bite, with the brightest red tasty tomatoes and crisp green lettuce. You can get the main dishes as sandwiches, salads, or plates – gyro, falafel, veggies, chicken Caesar, or chicken shawarma.
They also have a Donor plate (kebab) and combo plates with Greek fries. I think next time I will get the Fattoush Salad, with Greek fries on the side.
We ordered a variety from the concise menu, and had to start with some staple appetizers, since such a simple set of ingredients can only taste right if they are put together with care.
Both the Hummus & Pita ($5.79) and the Tzatziki and & Pita ($5.79) looked as wonderful as they tasted, with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, and fresh herbs garnishing a delightfully lemony, perfectly blended hummus and the tangy yogurt and cucumber goodness of the tzatziki.
The pita stood out on this and every dish it is a part of – the texture and flavor are just right, and it's the perfect thickness to enjoy but not overwhelm other flavors. They make baba ganoush, as well as dolmas. So much to try.
It is not surprising their name is Mr. Gyro after trying their Gyro Plate (lamb, beef, or chicken, all $9.69 for the sandwich, $11.79 for the salad, and $13.99 for the plate). We chose the latter, and were glad we did, as the gyro was served on a mound of flawless Greek salad with a healthy serving of tzatziki and a pita, each bite is balanced and delicious.
The Chicken Shawarma Salad (same pricing) was the star of the meal for me because that chicken was just, simply, yummy. Putting it on the pita with the lettuce, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and pepperoncini, with crumbly feta cheese and tasty Tzatziki sauce, was my idea of the perfect lunch (and on later visits, perfect dinner).
I had planned to keep some as leftovers but that didn't happen, I ate the whole plate and left no room for dessert. Did I mention they have baklava?
Mr. Gyro Express reminds me of a Middle Eastern restaurant my mom and I used to go to close her old house, with friendly service and simple, wonderful dishes. The menu is also a great value, with quality at a reasonable price.
We picked up our order to go and watched it being made. If you are like me and noticed the building but had not dropped by, do not wait any longer. Make the stop at this happy and very satisfying food stand.
Mr. Gyro Express is at 5124 168th St. SW and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information: wwwmrgyroseattle.com.