Did anyone else grow up with a super embarrassing dad who pronounced gyro like “JIE-roh?” As soon as I learned how to say the word correctly — just ask for a “Euro,” and you’re safe — I began my quest to find the perfect chicken gyro.

Every now and then I’ll go with the traditional lamb meat, but if a chicken gyro is on the menu, chances are high that I will order it.

I finally found an excellent chicken gyro a few years ago at the State Side Deli in Okemos. The most clutch move here is very basic but so important —toasting the pita bread. You don’t realize how important this is until you have a gyro on untoasted bread, and you wonder when the texture evaporated.

That toasty pita is wrapped around extra juicy grilled chicken, chunks of tomato and red onion, and then the whole thing is slathered with refreshing tzatziki sauce. Get a Greek salad on the side, and it’s a perfect lunch. Gyros aren’t your thing? The Reubens here are the best in town, but that’s a story for another time.


State Side Deli

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 3552 Meridian Crossing Drive, Okemos (517) 853-1100, statesidedeli.com


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