It’s the epitome of a hole in the wall; this modest-looking dive nestled into a tiny space in the Airway Shopping Center on the edge of Dayton serves a ton of people from nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the surrounding neighborhoods, people who value a humble establishment like Gyro Palace for its variety of dishes, its value-minded pricing and its quick service. There are a ton of reasons you might pass by this place and never drop in; it’s hard to spot. It doesn’t advertise aggressively. People outside of the internet don’t seem to know it very well. But Gyro Palace is absolutely worth a try.
High Street in Columbus has hundreds of restaurants, and among them you can find just about anything in the world you like. Far to the north, in the Worthington-Clintonville commercial area, you will find Acropolis Gyro Palace, a fast and casual Mediterranean food restaurant combining the very delicious Greek foods with the convenience of a drive through fast food type of place. Of all the ethnic foods you’ll find around Ohio, Greek food seems to have best converted itself from a foreign delicacy to a common, convenient and quick lunch item. Acropolis does a great job integrating those strengths into a good restaurant.
A little ways from the hustle and bustle of German Village’s main stretch, Easy Street Cafe is a lot of different things meshed into one. The Cafe has a distinctly Greek-themed menu and it operates a bar, too. It’s not easy to classify a place like this, and it brings in a definite charm. The place seems to appeal primarily to the younger population of the area with its variety of tasty foods. The place is the kind you hear from a friend of a friend…in another city. It’s something you’ll want to see for yourself.
Confronted with a preponderance of other dining options in the Court Street sector, the owners of Souvlaki’s Mediterranean Garden have opted instead for a combination no one else quite offers: fast food ethnic style for students wanting a late night snack. The eatery sells gyros, pitas and Greek burgers with fries on the side. The variety of food attracts wandering students with its inviting scents and late hours. Souvlaki’s beats almost every other local business in that it is open until 4 a.m. every morning.
Anyone who has frequented Springboro’s downtown historical district has seen bright and colorful signs advertising the “Boro Bistro,” a small lunch operation once housed along Springboro’s main street. True to its name, the bistro offers a very simple selection of foods and seems to have an inclination towards healthy items. It recently moved from its old place downtown to the newer Dorothy Lane Market shopping complex several miles up the road. Springboro’s expanding commercial areas allow plenty of room for higher quality and more spacious housing for little treasures like this one.
As one of Athens’ tenant food vendors, Ali Baba’s Kitchen and Catering does not have an official permanent location. In fact, though, the little cart has daily parked at the intersection of Union and Court Streets — with all the other vendors — since 1989. Ali Babas serves a mixture of middle eastern and American foods, but its specialty is gyros and falafels.