Gyro Hot brings Greek fast food to North Dallas

hot gyro is a fast-food restaurant serving Greek cuisine that opened in 2018 in Waterloo, Iowa, before opening an outpost earlier this year in Far North Dallas. DFW has few gyro spots, so the expansion is a welcome development for those craving the occasional gyro or falafel sandwich. Additionally, they offer pizza puff, a deep-fried fast food treat that originated in Chicago: pizza puff.

The prices are quite good; a gyro will set you back $7.99, a falafel sandwich $6.99, and both are large. We struggled to eat them the traditional way because of their girth and had to resort to eating them face down at one point with a fork like the dainty little diners we can be.

Click to enlarge Pizza Puff Fried Garlic Cheese Curds - HANK VAUGHN

Cheese curds with fried garlic and puff pastry pizza

Hank Vaughn

To start, we tried garlic cheese curds and a pizza sheet, both under $5 each. The pizza puff is more or less a large Totino pizza roll or, if you prefer, a pizza-flavored Hot Pocket. It’s a 2 x 3 inch piece of dough fried and stuffed with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. We didn’t burn the roofs off our mouths so that’s a plus. The cheese curds were fried and deliciously garlicky and came with a tzatziki sauce. The sauce was a bit thin, but the taste notes were all there.

Click to enlarge Gyro sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, tzatziki sauce, onion, cucumber and feta - HANK VAUGHN

Gyro sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, tzatziki sauce, onion, cucumber and feta

Hank Vaughn

The gyro sandwich came in a nice pita about 8 inches in diameter and full of savory traditional mix of lamb and beef, as well as lettuce, tomato, diced cucumber, red onion, tzatziki sauce and small pieces of feta, all wrapped in foil wrap. The falafel sandwich included many falafels and was dressed similarly to the gyro. Both were extremely filling and a bargain for their size; we struggled to finish, but we did.

Click to enlarge Falafel sandwich with lettuce, tomato, tzatziki sauce, onion, cucumber and feta - HANK VAUGHN

Falafel sandwich with lettuce, tomato, tzatziki sauce, onion, cucumber and feta

Hank Vaughn

The menu also includes several burger options, most of which can be had for less than $7, and sides include fried mushrooms, popcorn chicken, gizzards, and mac and cheese bites. There are also fried fish baskets, wings, shawarma and kebabs. The only caveat is that we didn’t see the rotating cylindrical mountain of meat you see at places like Afrah, where the waiter carves the portion of gyro or shawarma just before serving. Maybe it was in the back. We’ll definitely be back to try the shawarma anyway, with one of those $4.99 cheeseburgers (Greek fast food places often have really good burgers for some reason, and the price is right), but at At the end of the day, we’re just happy to have another option to satiate our gyroscope craving. Now, if we could all agree on the correct way to pronounce gyro…

Gyro Hot: 17421 Preston Road (Dallas); 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday

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