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The Salt Lake Scene

City Greek Express

Classic City Greek gyroIf someone came to me and said they were going to open another Greek restaurant in Salt Lake, I would tell them they're nuts. It seems like every burger place in town makes gyros, and there are a handful of well-established Greek diners, fast food, and full service Greek spots throughout the valley. Yet the newest option for a gyro has quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

City Greek Express has a simple menu, yet provides plenty of options from traditional gyros, to choices for chicken & steak lovers. They even have a veggie-gyro, which is built from the pita up specifically to be a vegetarian option, not just a skimpy "hold the meat" afterthought. Fresh greens, hummus, bell peppers, red onions, feta, cucumbers, and their incredible home-made dressing, the veggie gyro was good enough to excite this carnivore. The classic City Greek gyro is rich, stacked with lamb, onions, tomatoes, and a delicious tzatziki sauce (white sauce made of yogurt, cucumbers, and seasonings).

I started my first visit with a side of lemon-rice and yogurt, which was incredible. I knew that if this was any indication of how good the food would be, I was in for a treat. My gyro arrived and didn't disappoint at all. The 4-inch pita gyros are a nice snack, and give you a chance to try a couple varieties, and the 7-inch gyro is a full meal. A couple more visits later, and I am truly a fan.

small gyrosIn addition to the traditional and veggie gyro, they make a steak gyro, and three types of chicken gyros. They have full-size and side orders of their pasta and garden salads, generously topped with their house dressing and feta. Also, they have a small selection of local beer available on draft. It's a small selection of items, but a wide variety, all prepared with care and full of fresh flavor.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00am-9:00pm. Great spot for a quick lunch or dinner on-the-go. They have take-out platters designed to make it home and feed the family.

 

City Greek Express
660 South State Street
Salt Lake City

Read more from Nick Johnson at Salt Lake City's examiner.com.