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Philly Cheesesteak Meets Gyro At This California Greek Restaurant

It’s no hidden secret that Philadelphia is one of the epicenters of the Greek-American community in the United States. With hundreds of thousands in the community that have immigrated since the early 1800s, they’ve left their mark on the city as much as the city has left its mark on their community.

As a result, it would make sense to find folks combining together iconic Greek dishes, like gyros, and iconic Philly dishes, like cheesesteaks. We just wouldn’t expect to find that on the other side of the country north of Los Angeles.

Venture out to Mythpoint Bistro in Westlake Village, however, and you’ll find a lineup of unique gyros that includes the “Philly-Style.” We spotted this enticing option online, and found after ordering that the filling is really a blend of what makes both sandwiches great.

You get the warm, crusty pita bread and savory, well spiced beef and lamb from the gyro meat. That all gets offset with the sweetness of caramelized onions and peppers, the tang of provolone (Mythpoint opted for that cheese over Whiz), and freshness from lettuce and tomato. It’s a combination that sounds bizarre on paper, but balances both dishes out to give you a refreshing twist on both sandwiches that elevates each to a new level.

Mythpoint is apparently known for both cheesesteaks and gyros, so those looking for both sides of Philly comfort (or the two merged together) can stop by this restaurant, tucked away in a strip mall, for some grub that’s as tasty as it is unprecedented.

We’ll definitely be heading back for some of the other unique creations (like a Spicy Gyro or Garlic Butter Gyro), as well as slices of Apple Pie Baklava (best described as a Greek take on apple strudel) for the road.

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The Halal Guys Just Launched PLANT-BASED GYROS

As plant-based options continue to increase at restaurants globally, many companies have defaulted to teaming up with big plant-based names to make faux meat products.

The Halal Guys just went the extra mile, however, and created their own plant-based gyro cones that are cooked on a rotating spit, just like regular gyro meat would be.

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Their new Meatless Gyro, a limited-time offering, is a gluten-free and plant-based alternative to the standard gyro meat. The Halal Guys version is made with pea protein, brown rice, coconut oil, Halal Guys spice mix, beets, mushrooms, and paprika. A serving of the Meatless Gyro comes with 21 grams of protein.

Of course, when at The Halal Guys, there’s all of the toppings you can add to the rice, lettuce, and protein option. One of those is tzatziki, which normally contains dairy, but The Halal Guys has created a plant-based version of that as well. That iteration uses aquafaba, the leftover liquid from cooking chickpeas, to get to a similar texture on the sauce.

Foodbeasts Elie and Oscar got a chance to try the Meatless Gyro early. To Elie, the plant-based gyro version held up texturally to the original, while Oscar loved that it could be shaved off the cone the same way as regular gyro meat would. It had the same level of flavor since it uses the same Halal Guys spice blend, with Elie noting it was a tad more “earthy.” 

As for the plant-based tzatziki, it was a little thinner than the original due to the aquafaba, but it paired really well with the vegan gyro meat. For the overall meal, both Elie and Oscar noted that they felt really good and not bloated after eating it. 

“I’m definitely gonna be getting this meatless gyro into my rotation,” Elie noted afterwards.

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Also joining The Halal Guys menus is a refreshing eggplant hummus, which combines eggplants and chickpeas for a refreshing snack, dip, or addition to your meal. Oscar even dipped his sandwich into it, combining the two for what he described as a “nice addition.”

The new Meatless Gyro and Eggplant Hummus will be available at participating Halal Guys locations nationwide starting for a limited time. You can get it in sandwich or platter form with all of the usual fixings, including that plant-based tzatziki for those looking to keep everything animal free.

Created in partnership with The Halal Guys.

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The Halal Guys Confirms New Burrito Nationwide, And Secret Menu

The Halal Guys grew their legend slanging delicious meal platters built for easy consumption on the go. Piles of chicken and gyro meat, falafel, rice, dabs of red sauce, waterfalls of white sauce — all are part of the delicious hype. The popularity of this cart-turned restaurant chain cannot go unnoticed, and their latest menu addition proves their prominence on the list of Top 10 Fast Food Game Changers for 2019 (link: restaurant game changers).

Keeping in their habit of serving iconic street food, The Halal Guys have confirmed that they will now be serving burritos filled with their beloved rice platter ingredients. Additionally, they’ve unveiled a new, creamy, luscious cheese sauce that’s blended with their famous white sauce. It’s a big move for the chain, but they’ve shown in the past how nimble their model can be with new offerings that continuously capitalize on trends or simply recognize the tastes and wants of their customers.

We got our hands on these new burritos and instinctively ordered an extra side of that new sauce because we had to experience its velvety high. Dunking this burrito all up in it? It would be criminal not to. All of your favorite choices, whether it be chicken, gyro meat or falafel, can be stuffed into this burrito, so trust the platter essence remains true regardless of the vessel.

Feeling a little more hungry than usual? The Halal Guys has verified the ability to order the burrito as secret menu item that’s double the size — and it’s all thanks to the viral creator of “The Blake Diet,” Blake Horton AKA @blake_201 on Instagram. Horton is known for creating and eating massive meals, with portions built for competitive eaters, rather than any normal human, to promote the intermittent fasting diet. The Halal Guys contacted him for the release of their new burrito, which now birthed a version that’s, as Horton put it, “Twice the size, twice the nutrients, twice the gains.” Pretty much think of it as two burritos in one.

So if you’re up to the task of taking down one of these behemoths, make sure to request your burrito be “Blake-sized” and The Halal Guys will serve you up a meal that would make Blake himself nod in approval. 


Created in partnership with The Halal Guys

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Fast Food

Arby’s Just Loaded Their Curly Fries With Greek Gyro Toppings

Every year, Arby’s brings back their Traditional Greek Gyro. While the limited-time item is still fast food gyro, the meat is actually pretty good. Good enough to temper my gyro cravings when I’m in a jam, at least.

This year, the sandwich chain just added a new item that’s sure to turn some fast food-loving heads: Gyro Loaded Curly Fries.

Arby’s new loaded menu item features a bed of the restaurant’s signature curly fries topped with gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, tzatzíki sauce, and gyro seasoning.

We picked some up at our local Arby’s and and managing editor Richard Guinto had this to say about them:

I felt like it was from a legit Greek greasy spoon joint and I was eating my drunchies away at 3 a.m. after buying the wrong girl drinks all night to no avail.

Resident Greek food scientist and ranker of fast food French fries Constantine Spyrou was also present, but was unable to try the meat because he was observing Lent.

I just ate the plain fries, although it smelled like a gyro to me.

Sure you’ll probably find more authentic fare at a real Greek restaurant, but they’re an admirable attempt nonetheless Arby’s.

Arby’s is also added a Greek Gyro Salad that includes gyro meat, tzatzíki sauce, red onions, diced tomatoes, and gyro seasoning on top of some salad made with green and iceberg lettuce.

The gyro items will be available for a limited time, presumably through the next month or two.

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The Halal Guys Made A Giant Gyro Meat Platter, Here’s Where And Why

If you’ve ever eaten at The Halal Guys, you know why people wait in lines out the door for it.

The New York-based gyro restaurant is without a doubt addicting, so seeing its delicious meats, pita bread, and famous ‘White Sauce’ on a MASSIVE 52-inch platter will make you feel a bit tingly, to say the least.

The larger-than-life platter will be a part of FOODBEAST’s upcoming food festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, California.

The Halal Guys will be in the festival’s all-you-can-consume VIP section, as festival-goers will be served their epic chicken and beef kebabs, hummus, rice, lettuce, tomato, and pita bread.

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The festival will be a meat lover’s dream, featuring not only this enormous halal platter, but several exclusive food items throughout the VIP and “Marketplace,” where one can pay as they go.

MEAT STREET is going down Saturday April 22, at the Santa Ana MainPlace Mall. For more event information or tickets please visit www.eatmeatstreet.com.

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Fast Food What's New

Arby’s Is Now Serving Traditional Greek Gyros Made With LAMB Meat

Arby’s has been killing it lately with their latest offerings, like the mouthwatering pork belly burger to their hot-ticket venison sandwiches.

The fast food sandwich chain had been serving turkey and roast beef gyros for years. Gyro lovers will be happy to hear that Arby’s is getting a little more authentic with their new Traditional Greek Gyros.

Arby’s new Greek Gyro features a blend of lamb, beef, and Mediterranean spices sliced straight from a spit rotisserie. The meat is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, tzaziki sauce and Greek seasoning, all resting on a warm pita bread.

We consulted with Foodbeast’s very own Grecian Scholar, Constantine Spyrou, who explained the “Greek seasoning” more than likely was made with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

Any addition of Greek food to fast food is more than welcomed as far as we’re concerned.

Patrons can find Arby’s new Traditional Greek Gyros for a limited time at participating locations.

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Packaged Food

Lay’s Crowns A Winner As BISCUITS AND GRAVY Will Become Its Newest Official Flavor

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A few months ago, Lay’s announced the finalists for its 2015 “Do Us A Flavor” challenge. The potato chip brand holds an annual competition where fans create their own flavor and the nation votes to see what they enjoy best.

Then, the winning flavor will be sold in stores as the official new Lay’s flavor.

This year’s four finalists were: Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Greektown Gyro, New York Reuben and West Coast Truffle Fries. We got to try them all and there were some pretty heavy hitters in this year’s batch.

Now, Lay’s announced that Southern Biscuits and Gravy has taken home the prize.

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Bailey Green, the lucky winner and creator of the flavor, will receive $1 million or 1% of her flavor’s net sales through July 15, 2016. Lay’s says she gets whichever is higher.

The other contestants will also receive a $50,000 consolation prize from Lay’s. Not bad at all.

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Packaged Food

Greek Gyro POTATO CHIPS Are Part Of Lay’s Four New Test Flavors

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Lay’s is on a mission to try and create every potato chip flavor imaginable and its latest four prospects have just been released.

For its annual Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest, they’re putting New York Reuben, Greektown Gyro, Southern Biscuits & Gravy and West Coast Truffle Fries up against each other to see which will reign supreme.

They sent over some samples for us to try. The new flavors were definitely interesting. Some more than others.

Like they’ve done the last four years, it’s up to fans to vote for their favorite to see that makes the cut. The winner will receive $1 million from Lay’s as well as have their chips sold in stores across the nation.

Here’s some up-close shots of the new flavors. Check them out in stores and see which ones you like best.

Southern Biscuits and Gravy

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Greektown Gyro

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New York Reuben

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West Coast Truffle Fries

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