This whole new house thing is kind of for the birds. Okay, that’s not true, but we had a few weekends where we were having things installed or fixed (if my cable could stay on for more than a day or two, that would be lovely…), so many Saturdays were completely blown just by waiting for technicians to arrive. Terry, being the gem that he is, offered to grab lunch while I was waiting for the TV installer to show up (of course, he didn’t show up until 4, so I could have easily gone out for lunch with him).
We tried to think of something nearby that we hadn’t tried, or hadn’t had in a while, when Terry suggested “that Gyro place by Kroeger Meats at Findlay”. That “gyro place” turned out to be Areti’s Gyros, which I had heard good things about from Liz, who seems to be quite the gyro aficionado. I was game.
He brought back two gyros: one with tomatoes (his) and one without (mine). I tend to be a “only in the summertime” tomato kind of person– at least fresh ones, and especially on sandwiches– so I was quite happy to have a meat-and-onion sandwich.
We both took a bite. As I sat on the couch, and Terry stood by the island, our eyes connected. “Holy crap,” I said. “This is a freakin’ great gyro.” Terry nodded, far too busy enjoying his gyro to actually talk.
I find many gyros, both in town and out of town, to be really disappointing. The meat can be dry, the vegetables not fresh, the tzatziki watery. I’ve written about Sebastian’s, Mythos and Taz before, and though so many people say Sebastian’s is the best, I really like it only for sentimental reasons and not because it’s got the best flavor– my favorite right now is Taz. Well, Taz, you’ve met your match– Areti’s is fantastic. The meat is moist and flavorful (and they don’t skimp on it– there was more than I could eat), the tzatiki thick, tangy and a little garlicky, and the onions had been softened just a bit by the meat. The pita itself was soft, with a crispy outside that was just a bit shiny with butter. The bonus? It’s at Findlay Market! The price is incredibly reasonable– $4.75 for a gyro– and they also serve other Greek specialties that I can’t wait to try, like spanakopita, baklava, moussaka and dolmades.
Remember that you don’t have to limit yourself to Findlay on Saturdays and Sundays– they’re open for lunch Tuesday-Friday, too. Grab an gyro (and a waffle, or some gelato, or maybe some sausages for dinner, or some fresh produce) and enjoy on your way back to work.