We all have dishes that hearken back to our youth. I have fond memories of waking up to the sweet aroma of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls or Duncan Hines blueberry muffins wafting through my childhood home. My palate has progressed, but I still have a place reserved in my heart for these treats.
And then there’s the sandwich of my youth—the gyro. I still love these stuffed pitas, but they’re not nearly as plentiful here in Las Vegas as they were back home in Chicago, so I’m always on the lookout. My search has led me to My Big Fat Gyro ($6.69) at Yassou Greek Grill Cafe.
This friendly, Greek family-owned restaurant is easily spied from Charleston Boulevard, but its entrance is poorly marked. Don’t drive past it. My Big Fat Gyro is fully loaded with traditional toppings, including lettuce, tomato, onions, tzatziki and feta cheese. The well-spiced lamb/beef blend is offset by the creamy, smooth tzatziki, with sharp feta offering a hint of saltiness. Even the roughage is high quality. Yassou takes care to pile up the ingredients in the swaddle of warm pita, resulting in an overflowing treat.
Yassou Greek Grill Cafe 7871 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-798-8989. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.