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Friday, March 14, 2008


I don't think I'm alone in this, though I know there are other opinions as strong as mine in the opposite direction. I'm speaking of the smell of gyros, as I mention in my review of Mythos today.http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?ID=/AB/20080313/ENT01/803140307/
Maybe it's because I once did a story hunting out good gyros around town and simply ate too many of them, but I find the overpowering greasy meat smell of those gyros things going around on a spit just too much. I feel like I smell like it for the rest of the day. Am I being way too sensitive? (As you know, I'm in the un-vegetarian camp on this blog, and I love the smell of grilling steak wafting down the sidewalk . . . )


at 2:19 PM Anonymous wjclinton said...

When I think of the smell of gyros, I think of the totality of the sandwich. You've got two other great smells to balance things out if you don't like the meat: warm pita bread(awesome smell) and cucumber with yogurt(awesome smell). I've never been anywhere where the spinning, glistening tube of meat overwhelmed the whole joint.

Happy March 14th everyone!

Hope you get everything you want!!

at 6:05 PM Blogger Mark Lee said...

Polly, I don't think you're being too sensitive. Actually, I don't believe that we, as the dining public, are discriminating enough, especially when it comes to the quality of our lunches.

Case in point: Mythos. I eat at Mythos at least once per month, sometimes twice. It is ok. Not the best Gyros I have ever eaten, maybe not even that good. The pita is fresh out of the bag -- no steaming or pre-heating. The meat is cheap and spam-like. Grind up some beef, some lamb, a whole lot of some other things (remember what they say about not wanting to know how they make sausage), form it into a mass shaped like a lamb's leg (that would have to be a pretty big lamb), and you have what I call "Splamb", or what my friend Jeff calls "Blamb." The greasy smell to which you are referring is the smell of "Splamb", one of the family of low-quality meats. Yes, smell clings to one's clothes and olfactory nerves with a kung-fu grip. I remember it being better when I was a kid. But then again, so were Chicken McNuggets and fast food hamburgers. The meat was at least one or two grades above what we are served these days.

Which brings me to my point: When did the (fast) food industry decide to downgrade the quality of the food that we are served? Yes, it is all about making a buck -- I get that. Still, I liked the old "splamb" better than the new stuff, and would gladly pay more for the better "old" stuff. This goes beyond "premium" chicken. Where's the beef?

at 8:14 AM Blogger liberal foodie said...

I agree the smells of Mythos or any gyro joint are strong but I enjoy those smells. What's the point of walking into a place that doesn't smell like the food they serve? For me, the lack of smell takes away from the experience. Though I can't eat their beef/lamb gyros, I still look forward to the distinctive aroma. For someone that was on a hunt to find the best gyro in town, I am surprised you feel the way you do.

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