Thank heavens this isn’t a video review because I’m still not sure how to say gyro correctly.
It got me thinking that I hope one day this item is popular enough to be on the same playing field with something like fajitas, which I can currently call fa-jee-tas but it’s okay because everybody knows I’m saying it wrong on purpose to be funny.
For gyros?? Definitely can’t play that game. If Arby’s new Traditional Greek Gyro is any indicator for what’s in store, though, then our future is looking very lamprós (the Greek word for bright).
This gyro is certainly traditional as there are just the basic set of ingredients you would hope to find in one – the meat, tzatziki sauce, gyro seasoning, red onion, tomatoes, and shredded iceberg lettuce all nestled up in a warm flatbread.
The vegetables were okay and pretty much the type that you would find at most fast food joints. If I had to nitpick it would be wishing that the lettuce could have been a bit crunchier. The tzatziki sauce was abundant bringing the many dry components together but the taste didn’t really punch me in the face with flavor.
The flatbread, well, it pains me to say this because I absolutely love fluffy bread, but in this instance it was just too darn fluffy. My first few bites were nothing but bread until I made it to the center where the insides were more plentiful and could counterbalance.
Arby’s though is all about the meat, right? I mean THEY HAVE THE MEATS don’t they? Living up to their tagline the gyro meat in this was really, really good even if the amount was a bit on the light side. The meat was speckled with herbs and spices and the flavor was seriously spot on. The pieces were even shaped as if they had just been sliced off of a vertical rotisserie! Even with the lackluster other components, the meat definitely made up for them, meaning that I really did enjoy this gyro.
I got two as you can see below in the purchased price and very quickly gobbled both up. I hope it returns in the future, maybe with some new variations. As long as the meat stays as flavorful I would definitely indulge again and hopefully by then I can butcher the pronunciation, but on purpose this time.
(Nutrition Facts – 710 calories, 390 calories from fat, 44 grams of fat,13 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 1360 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 23 grams of protein..)
Purchased Price: $3.00 (2 for $6 deal)
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Both visually appealing and great tasting meat. Arby’s getting an A in the subject of Attention to Detail. Renewed hope for a future where gyros and fajitas can stand side by side in popularity.
Cons: Too Fluffy flatbread that can sometimes takes over. Shredded lettuce that continues to underwhelm in fast food.
12 thoughts to “REVIEW: Arby’s Traditional Greek Gyro”
These were great but it looks like they are gone already. I want them again! Sure, a LTO, but that was too fast.
I had one of these for dinner last night, and it had way too much meat, with two slices of fairly green tomato and like three rings of onion. There was so little lettuce that I had to open it up to find it. I’d actually have preferred slightly less meat, and a better veggie ratio to balance it.
I agree that the meat has a great flavor, though. More sauce and some crunch from the lettuce would have made for a much better overall taste.
Why do so many people dump on Arby’s? Their stuff is so tasty.
If you want a menu item with more meat, try Meat Mountain. And please make it a video review, we would all like to see you try and eat it.
Local manager said this was like the Venison too much demand not enough supply and the are out, we’ll have some for another week. Gyro is top notch
Absolutely fabulous! Gone too fast.
My Arby’s had a sign saying they were out of the gyro meat. Funny for a chain who says “We have the meat”. Not in this case. They better bring it back and hopefully for good.
How would you APA cite this? If you have time, please let me know. Thanks!
What kind of meat is used? The review only calls it gyro meat. I’m unfamiliar with an animal called the gyro.
From the announcement on March 28th: “The gyro meat is a blend of beef, lamb, and Mediterranean spices from a spit rotisserie.”
Crazy. Finally something to eat at Arby’s. Don’t understand LTO. If it makes money – which I guess it didn’t. Thank God it is gone though. 710 calories and mostly fat. I would have gone off the deep end.
Curious if you’ve ever had an actual Gyro?
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