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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Restaurant Review: Gyroville in Plantation

Last week my husband decided to take me on a spur-of-the-moment date night. We didn't have a lot of money on hand, so we went strolling around a nearby-plaza in search of what I like to call 'fancy-fast-food'.

An eatery called Gyroville looked pretty enticing - we hadn't had Greek food in a while (which we love) and the prices seemed more than reasonable.

Gyro Platter with side of hummus at Gyroville in Plantation.What I Loved:

The food was spectacular. We ordered Gyro Platters (which comes with gyro meat, fries or rice, pita bread, choice of sauce, and a freshly-made Greek salad) for $10.99 each. The meals appeared on the small side at first, but I was more than full by the end of the meal. (I could barely finish my fries, those dishes are deeper than they look!) We even snagged a free order of hummus and pita bread by checking in via our Foursquare app, and we got out of the restaurant for less than $25.

Special-Diet Friendly:

Vegetarian? No problem. Not only is falafel a protein option, they offer a selection of appetizers, sandwiches and platters that all fit into the meat-free lifestyle.

For the Parents:

The restaurant isn't huge (I think max capacity was somewhere around 40 people), so if you don't feel comfortable taking your kids into a place where all eyes will be on them (which for some reason always makes my children want to be louder-than-usual) you might want to wait until after the lunch rush to stop in. I did notice that they have high chairs available and there is a baby changer in the women's restroom. The kids menu is priced better than most fast-food restaurants these days: $3.99 will get you a choice of entree (grilled chicken, gyro, grilled cheese, or a mini-version of their signature Hermes sandwich), fries or rice, and a drink.

What Makes Them Unique:

In addition to their platters and sandwiches, they have a simple, streamlined, build-your-own option. Pick a 'style' to eat your meal (pita bread, rice bowl, wheat wrap, or salad), add a protein (gyro, falafel, chicken souvlaki, or pork souvlaki), and then pick one of six sauces. The food here is fresh, so if you are like me and constantly on the look-out for food that doesn't taste like it came straight-out of a jar/bag/freezer, this is a great spot.

Gyroville on Urbanspoon Something That Surprised Me:

They cater. Cheaply. I mean, really cheaply. For ten bucks a person (minimum of 8) you can grab a nice little meal that includes a protein, 2 sauces, and a selection of toppings and extras. I don't know if you've checked into catering before, but in my experience $10 is a steal.

The So-So:

Gyroville on Foodio54The hummus wasn't the best I've had. Maybe it's just because I've eaten too much store-bought hummus, but it wasn't my favorite menu-item. Can't complain too much though because we got it for free (gotta love those Foursquare specials) and we ate it all anyhow.

Deals:

I love it when restaurants offer their diners a chance to snag a great deal. In addition to the Foursquare check-in deal, I noticed that there were signs around the restaurant advertising special discounts for students and VIP Club members. Their VIP Club consists of signing up on their email list so that they can send you coupons. We signed up when we got home and were promptly rewarded with $5 off our next meal.

Gyroville in South Florida Connect:

Feeling hungry now? You can find your closest Gyroville (currently only in South Florida) by checking out their website at www.gyroville.com. Or you can look them up in social media for updates, special deals, & discounts on Facebook or Twitter.


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