One of the great things about eating in America is the sheer diversity of different dishes to choose from. These different types of food come from all over the world, offering us a taste of these different cultures. One of these fantastic foods that’s taken American diners by storm since being introduced in the mid 1900s is the gyro.
How Do You Pronounce “Gyro”?
First thing’s first, and the question that’s on everyone’s mind when they first see the word “Gyro” on a menu: how do you pronounce “Gyro”?
This is one of those words that’s notoriously tricky to pronounce, Jimmy Falon and Luke Bryan even made a song about it. It’s not uncommon to hear it mispronounced as “Jee-Ro”, “Jai-Ro”, “Hee-Ro”, or even “Ghee-Ro”.
The proper pronunciation for the word “gyro”, according to Merriam-Webster, is “yē-ˌrō”. Think of it like you’re saying “hero”, but with a “Y” instead of an “H”. There, now that you know how to pronounce “gyro”, you can be the HERO of your lunch group.
What’s in a Gyro?
Now that you know how to pronounce “gyro” like a pro, do you know what’s actually in a standard gyro? These tasty Greek sandwiches come in a wide variety of different styles, depending on where you’re ordering.
The most important part of a gyro is the meat. Gyro meat is typically either lamb, pork, or beef that’s been well-seasoned and cooked on a vertical rotisserie, similar to kebab. From this cone of spinning, seasoned meat, thin slices are shaved off and placed on a warm pita and topped with a variety of veggies and sauces.
Common Gyro Toppings Include:
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Garlic Sauce
Where Did the Gyro Come From?
If there’s one thing I can tell you for sure, it’s that trying to nail down the definitive history of gyros is nearly impossible. Modern gyros, as we know them today, first started making waves in America in the 1970s. Greek Mom-and-Pop restaurants were popping up in big cities like Chicago and New York and everyone was looking for a quick and tasty meal. Since then, they’ve become a staple on the menus in just about any Greek restaurant.
Where Can I Get a Gyro?
Gyros can be found in just about any Greek restaurant or Coney Island. Similar versions can even be found in Turkish or Middle Eastern restaurants, where they’re known as doner kebab or shawarmas.
However, if you really want to treat yourself to an EXCELLENT gyro here in Mid-Michigan, you’ve gotta try the gyro here at 11/11 Burgers & Fries. Every Tuesday here at 11/11 Burgers & Fries, is Gyro Tuesday, so come on in for 20% off your gyro! We’re quickly becoming everyone’s favorite restaurant, come find out why!