Tag Archives: Mediterranean Foods

Mr. Gyros Greek & Mediterranean Grill in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

31 Dec

Mr. Gyros was recommended to us by some online food critics. The reports were overwhelmingly positive. That was enough for us to seek them out. I have long been a fan of Greek & Mediterranean food — especially the fast, comfort food variety. Gyros, Souvlaki, Fried Zucchini, Spanakopita, Falafel, Moussaka, Calamari, Baklava, etc. This love affair can be traced back to my youth. And no, I do not have any Greek ancestry. Far from it. I’m just about as Anglo as you can get. But I do know good ethnic cuisine when I taste it.

As a teenager, I dined frequently at Knossos in Vienna, VA. Great place, but sadly not around any longer. Mr. Khan treated us like family … always obliging when we pestered him for the largest portions possible or for extra Tzatziki dipping sauce (made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers and other seasonings). Former Knossos owner George Bilidas (the longtime Greek God of Northern Virginia’s culinary scene) still operates The Amphora, a killer 24-hour diner in Vienna.  

Mr. Gyros is housed in a strip center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Greek sweets (like Kadaifi seen above) are a must @ Mr. Gyros

The Gyro Platter at Mr. Gyros is very nicely done. Tons of freshly sliced meat (the usual beef & lamb combo), a cup of thick white tzatziki sauce, really good pita bread, lots of fresh sliced onion, lettuce, and tomatoes. It comes with a Greek salad, rice pilaf, or fries. We strongly recommend the Greek salad. It is excellent and fortified with crumbled feta cheese, kalamata olives, and the ubiquitous green pepperoncini.

Just look at the spicy sliced meat, folks. And those super fresh veggies. This is really fine stuff. In fact, Mr. Gyros was recently voted a “Best Casual Dining” winner by the Palm Beach Post. Beer and wine are also offered if you choose to turn your meal into a regular celebration. We are just plain happy to have found this gem of an eatery. Owners John and Yianna are doing it right at Mr. Gyros. We don’t live in the PBG area, but my parents spends about 6 months each year on nearby Singer Island. That means we shall return … and you can bet that Mr. Gyros will be on our dining agenda.

MR. GYROS – 10901 N. MILITARY TRAIL, PALM BEACH GARDENS

(561) 627-3979; www.mrgyrosflorida.com

Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week; major credit cards accepted

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Constantine’s is a Welcome Addition Along Mobile’s Old Shell Road

4 Aug

Warm, hardworking Kamal “KC” Constantine is of Lebanese descent. Lots of folks in Mobile, Alabama are as well. KC works for Food for Less, a chain of locally-owned grocery stores right here in Mobile. I wanted to toss that out there right away. The man really knows food and he knows all about good food. I have personally known KC for about a year now. I even had the extreme pleasure of partaking in some of his tailgate feast prior to a South AL Jaguars football game last fall. Amazing homemade hummus, grilled meats of all kinds — a true party for the tastebuds.

Flash forward to this past week. A mutual friend (Chris Kalifeh) tells me that Mrs. Constantine (KC’s wife) has opened a Mediterranean restaurant on Old Shell Road. I wanted to know all the details right away. Nope, I couldn’t wait. Yep, you could say I was a little excited about the news. The restaurant (aptly dubbed “Constantine’s”) can be found directly across the street from the Mitchell Center, the home arena of South Alabama Jaguars basketball. My on-campus office is also nearby, so this clean little place will surely earn a regular spot on my lunch calendar.

The eatery is housed (literally) in an older single family home — very cozy!

This open-air patio should get a lot of traffic at night and on cooler afternoons.

The Cream of Lentil soup is an excellent starter – and only $1 with an entree!

This Kafta wrap platter — with housemade pita chips — goes for just $5.95.

The Kafta wrap was absolutely delicious — packed with ground tenderloin, onion, tomato, lettuce, thinly sliced dill pickles, and a delicious yogurt sauce. I had sampled a few kafta skewers at KC’s tailgate party, so I knew I was in for a mighty fine sandwich. It did not disappoint.

Constantine’s newly fashioned menu also features traditional Middle Eastern favorites like baba gannouge, stuffed grape leaves, tabbouli, and kibbi. OK, there’s more. Falafel, spinach pies, meat pies, gyros, baklava — you get my drift. It will take me quite a while to work my way through the entire menu, but you can bet your sweet baba gannouge I will savor every bite of it!

Stay tuned, friends. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this place in the days and weeks to come. They don’t have a website yet. But I’ve often been told that people will beat a path to your door if you simply offer great grub at fair prices. So if that saying holds true, just look for the beaten path along Old Shell Road in West Mobile — and you’ll surely find Constantine’s.