Beef Gyro Platter @ Paradise Garden Grill

Price: $12.49

When: February 7, 2016, 1 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

In addition to Spicy Meatball Mediterranean Skewers and Greek Salad, Paradise Garden Grill offers another Mediterranean-themed food option: the Beef Gyro Platter.

I was curious.

I’ve had mixed gyro experiences over the years. Most of the gyros I’ve had have been served by small, mom-n-pop walk-up restaurants in mall food courts. They tend to be dry and a bit tough: the pita bread tad stale, the meat left a little too long under the heat lamp. For all that, they can be tasty … or they can be pretty dreadful.

This dish is a combo: the gyro, served on a bed of tabouleh. The gyro itself is sliced beef, cucumber salad, and Tzatziki sauce on pita. As you can see from the photo, the gyro comes wrapped in paper, for easy grabbing and eating.

This is great.

Everything works here. The pita is warm. The meat is tender and easy to eat. (Elaine felt that the consistency was more like Spam or breakfast sausage, but I thought that was a selling point: I’ve had stringy gyros one too many times.) The cucumber salad, so unmemorable as a standalone side on the Spicy Meatball Skewer, really works as an ingredient. And the Tzatsiki sauce is generously apportioned.

Oh, and the tabouleh? Fantastic. A really wonderful side. It’s a strong counterpoint of flavor and texture, and it makes the dish feel more culturally authentic.

Paradise Garden Grill is quickly joining Flo’s V8 Cafe as one of my favorite restaurants in California Adventure. Swing by soon.