Best Gyros around Chicagoland - Our Top 10
Over the last few decades, Gyros has certainly gained a reputation as one of the more popular Greek food items on menus across Chicagoland.
Gyros are essentially sandwiches made with thinly-sliced beef, lamb or chicken which is then placed in a pita or flatbread. Most gyros are topped with onions and tomatoes and enjoyed with Tzatziki sauce, a white creamy topping made from strained yogurt, cucumbers, salt, pepper, garlic and dill.
With this flavorful mixture served relatively cheap, it’s no wonder that Gyros has been a popular choice for hungry Chicagoans for over 50 years.
As the meaty dish is thought to have originated in Greece, the very first Gyros in America was actually served in the Chicagoland area. According to Elk Grove Village based Devanco Foods, the first gyros was reportedly served in 1965 at The Parkview Restaurant in Chicago by owner George Apostolou, also known as “Papa George,” the father of today’s gyros.
Also prominent in the early days of gyros was Chris Tomaras who opened Kronos Gyros in 1975 and is responsible for developing and marketing “Gyrokones,” large uncooked masses of gyro meat. Tomaras also invented the Kronomatic vertical meat broiler which helped standardize mass gyro production thus allowing gyros to spread to restaurants across the country.
Today Kronos is the world’s largest manufacturer of Gyros providing enough of the savory meat for 600,000 sandwiches per day.
The secret behind Kronos success? Tomaras told reporters in 2009 that it’s all in the ingredients...”we use the best beef and lamb and then run the meat through a four-ton grinder where bread crumbs, oregano and special seasonings are added.”
Incidentally, Gyros comes from the Greek word “Geero” which means “turn.” And nothing seems to be turning consumer’s heads - and taste buds - like those wonderful cones of
meat spinning every day in restaurants across America.
We now turn your attention to our favorite 10 gyros spots across Chicagoland.
1. Mr. Greek Gyros (Chicago)
Long time Chicago favorite serving their famous Gyros Pita, Gyros Dinner Plate, Gyros Philly plus homemade beef, burgers, kabobs, hot dogs and more.
234 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607 • (312) 906-8731
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2. Greek Islands (Chicago)
A classic restaurant destination for 48 years, they serve homemade gyros and traditional Greek specialties including Roast Leg of Lamb, Pastichio, Dolmades, Moussaka and more.
200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 • (312) 782-9855
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3. Zeus Restaurant (Chicago)
Unassuming and casual hangout serving their famous Gyros Sandwich/Plate, Gyros Cheeseburger, Italian Beef, Kabobs. Greek Chicken and more.
806 Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 • (312) 258-8789
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4. Central Gyros (Chicago)
Famous Greek restaurant and bar celebrating 38 years of serving excellent Gyros, Souvlaki, Athenian Chicken, Greek Sausage, Saganaki and more.
3127 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 • (773) 545-1276
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5. Athenian Room (Chicago)
Charming and cozy neighborhood restaurant serving delicious gyros, Greek feta burger, chicken kalamata, kabobs, spinach pie and more.
807 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 • (773) 348-5155
6. Dengeos (Skokie)
Friendly and spacious eatery serving up their signature Gyros plus BBQ Ribs, Greek Chicken, Skirt Steak, Salads, Burgers and more.
3301 Main St, Skokie, IL 60076 • (847) 677-7911
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7. The Works (Glenview)
Casual low-key food landmark known for their famous gyros, hot dogs, burgers, Greek chicken, shishkebob and more.
2676 W Golf Rd, Glenview, IL 60025 • (847) 724-0616
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8. Twins Gyros (Harwood Heights)
Known for their famous gyros and juicy chicken, this family owned restaurant makes their own tzatziki sauce and serves homemade soups, Greek chicken, hot dogs, wings and more.
4870 N Harlem Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60656 • (708) 867-1313
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9. Nick's Drive In (Chicago)
It's all about the homemade gyros at this casual old-fashioned diner celebrating 50 years on the northwest side. Also known for their burgers, hot dogs, Greek chicken, Italian Beef and more.
7216 Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 • (773) 631-5045
10. Billy Boy's (Chicago Ridge)
Popular eatery on the south side known for flavorful gyros, outstanding bbq ribs plus burgers, Greek Chicken, unique sandwiches, hot dogs and more.
6400 95th St, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415 • (708) 599-8406
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