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Gyro with Tzatsiki Sauce

While the Turkish are famous for the Doner kebab, the Greek have the equivalent known as Gyro. There are several Gyro santa cruz restaurants serving the authentic version of this kebab that is also similar to the Middle Eastern shawarma. The dish features meat roasted on a vertical spit (usually an electric boiler) and makes a great sandwich. The meat is wrapped in pita bread and served with onions, tomatoes and at some Gyro santa cruz outlets with traditional tzatsiki sauce. The meat remains crispy due to the strips of fat added to the meat. Gyro santa cruz restaurants have been around for a long time, although they were originally set up in Chicago during the late 1960s. The name Gyros is popularly used in Greek-American restaurants and other outlets.

Most Gyro santa cruz are made with a combination of lamb and beef, or lamb alone. You may find some outlets that make gyro from chicken as well. Tzatsiki sauce which is a traditional accompaniment is made with cucumber and yogurt. Some Gyro santa cruz outlets may serve sour cream instead. The best thing about gyros is you can snack on them at any time of the night or day. So, what really makes this dish so tasty? The secret is in the spice mix which contains hot as well as sweet paprika, white and black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more. The spices are mixed and packed in an air-tight container for the flavors to blend before they are sprinkled on the meat. And, that's how you get mouthwatering gyros.