Cheap, filling, no more than five bucks. That’s my must-have list for a weekday lunch. Today’s quest for a good deal took me to Gyro Zone, a casual cafe in University Place that will celebrate its first year of business July 20.
Owned by Ali Abumathneh, with help from his wife Amal Burini, the order-at-the-counter sandwich shop features a menu tinged with Middle Eastern spices and ingredients. Think of this as more of a Middle Eastern shawarma stop than a Greek-style gyro shop.
Gyro Zone serves meat sandwiches aplenty – including gyros and shawarma in chicken, beef and lamb – but veg-leaning eaters should take note that Gyro Zone lists five veggie sandwiches.
The description sounded plain for the cauliflower sandwich, but the flavor was anything but. At the base of the sandwich was spiced cauliflower deep fried until crispy edged. Sound familiar? It’s essentially the Middle Eastern dish zahra mekleyah tucked into a pita sandwich with a drizzle of yogurt sauce and lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The best part? It’s $5.02. Do note, though, the cafe charges a 50-cent fee to use a card to pay for your meal.
Find Gyro Zone at 7510 40th St. W., University Place, 253-267-1616, facebook.com/GyroZone