Pressed for time and in the mood for something tasty, I stopped in at Greek Express on E 17th Street. This isn't the same owners as the original Greek Express on the Beach, which was owned by the people who own Trata on Las Olas.jump-->
In and Out, I order a Gyro Pita with "everything", Sauce on the side.
No Greeks in here; a kid making the Gyro. The place is fast food / takeout all the way, but they have tables where you could eat if necessary.
Greek Express Counter
Gyro in a bag and I'm out the door. The old Greek Express used to give you a big, wobbly sandwich, but they're very compact here.
Greek Express Gyro 12/2013
As you can see the meat was very crusty; very dry. The Tzatziki wasn't great either; not enough garlic.>
Greek Express Gyro Open
I opened it up; there were a couple of pieces of tomato, no red onion and wilted lettuce. This was a sad remnant of yesteryear. Very disappointing. This is what happens when people run a restaurant just to make money and really don't care about the product they sell. This has devolved into mall food.
A few years back, when Greeks owned the Greek Express, you got the biggest and best Gyro in town, made over a flaming grill by a Greek guy.
Greek Express Gyro (2009)
Those were the days.
The Greek Express opened a second location on E17th street a few months back. I stopped in to get a Gyro shortly after they opened. Today, I felt like a chicken pita.
Inside the place is very clean and white; very similar to souvlaki fast in boca. It appears that Greeks like white acrylic furniture. They have those white stool/chairs with no backs at the high tops. Very fancy, but not very comfortable.
The original Greek Express is down at the beach used to be owned by the real Greek People who now run Trata Greek Taverna on Las Olas. It's now run by Russians and I'm not sure I have as much confidence with a Russian guy making my Gyro. But on my first visit here, I got a pretty good Gyro.
Unwrapping the Gyro, I see a very nice sandwich.
This baby is really stuffed, which means 2 lunches for me. The Tzatziki sauce is a bit more cucumbery than usual; milder with less garlic. But still good.
A Chicken Pita with no sides comes to over $7, but they really stuff the pitas here.
It was a pretty nice sandwich. The chicken has lots of spices, but I did add salt. Ripe tomatoes, green lettuce. It's as good as it's supposed to be.