"No one does what we do the way we do it." Now, with their sparkling-new Dunwoody location, the Grecian Gyro clan is inviting their new neighbors to see for themselves exactly what that means. Namely, with free food.After thirty years of slinging gyros in Atlanta, it's safe to say the Koulouris family knows their stuff. Even after three decades and five additional Grecian Gyro storefronts, the kitchen is still run precisely the way Papa Nick insisted on from Day One: produce from the farmers market, top-notch gyro meat, time-tested family recipes, and a now-legendary sauce so tasty, we'd probably eat it with a spoon. (No shame in that game—in one regular's words, "Nick's Sauce" is so good, you'd probably eat chair legs so long as they're slathered in the stuff.) The kitchen philosophies that made the original Grecian Gyro a cult favorite so many years ago is handily summed up by Nick's son, George: "No one does what we do the way we do it." And now, with their sparkling-new Dunwoody location, the Grecian Gyro clan is inviting their new neighbors to see for themselves exactly what that means. Namely, with free food. Get your hands on a gyro, souvlaki wrap, or loukaniko, supplement it with a container of that famous Nick's Sauce, and you'll see what we mean when we say the secret's in the sauce.
While tradition reigns supreme in this kitchen, the Koulouris family's new Dunwoody digs are distinctly modern. Furnished with Aegean-blue walls, dining tables handmade by the family, and decor elements hauled in from the homeland, the gussied-up fledgling location is a far cry from the generic, dime-a-dozen gyro shops out there. And, of course, so's their food. The Koulouris family tradition is evident in each and every dish, from the gyro wrap (which hasn't changed since '82) to the falafel, originally brought on as a special but such a huge hit, riots and/or hate mail may ensue if it were ever taken off the menu. (That's not entirely an exaggeration, either.) The most underrated, in George's opinion? The loukaniko, a sausage wrap based off of a popular Athens street food from the '70s. For best results, smother in that aforementioned sauce.
So, whether you've been going Greek with the Koulouris clan since the Reagan era, or you're just curious about what all the fuss is about, know that this isn't just another gyro shop. Just be forewarned: once you taste their goods, "going Greek once a week," as their sign cheerfully suggests, might not be nearly enough to get your fix.
Grecian Potatoes, $1.96 – $2.99
Dolmades, $2.99 – $4.99
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.