Near where I work in D.C., there’s this place that always has a huge line out the door at lunchtime. This Thursday, I went at around 11:45 in an attempt to beat the lines and see what all the fuss was about. I still had to wait on line for a little over ten minutes, and when I got to the front of the line at Greek Deli and Catering I started to get stage fright. The owner was barking at the customers, and I knew I had to have my order ready so as to avoid his wrath. I decided to get a chicken gyro, though I really wanted to try the avgolemono soup and spanakopita as well (they also have daily specials which are apparently really good).
I have to say, I didn’t really like the gyro. First of all, the chicken was baked in a lot of liquid (maybe braised), not roasted on a spit, so it didn’t have the great, crispy texture like the gyros I’m used to. Second of all, the tzatziki had a lot of dill in it, which I am not a fan of. To add insult to injury, the salad inside the pita had tons of dill in it as well. I also didn’t appreciate the errant bay leaf in my gyro (choking hazard!). The pita was tender and fluffy, though, so I enjoyed that. Despite the mediocre gyro, I would like to try Greek Deli and Catering again to sample some of their more popular offerings.