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Good Greek: Chicago Style Gyros on Broadstreet

Looking for an inexpensive, well-balanced lunch? Curious about what’s going on in the old Krystal building right in the heart of Murfreesboro? Then stop by Chicago Style Gyros and try a gyro plate.

As you order at the counter you can request peppers, olives, cheese and a number of other fresh toppings Subway-style, then dress the plate or sandwich with either cucumber sauce or ranch dressing.

The menu’s not too complex; you have the gyro plate, chicken plate, a combination of gyro and chicken, and a falafel plate, which all include rice, salad and warm pita bread; in addition to a gyro sandwich, served traditional or Philly cheese steak style, there are a handful of sides like fries, hummus, tabouli and delicious baklava.

The meat’s not the juiciest gyro I’ve had, but it’s tasty and the toppings and sauce combine with it for great flavor, and they’ll provide plenty of sauce and extras.

I’ve had fabulous grape leaves before, but the ones at Chicago Style Gyro have somewhat of a funky twang to them, and the texture is mushy and oily. Stick to the gyro, with “just a touch of lamb,” as the Grecian Delight posters hanging around the restaurant proclaim, and baklava. The baklava’s sweet sticky layers of phyllo dough, honey, nuts, cinnamon and other flavors make an affordable sweet cap to a meal.

The air conditioning was pretty powerful the day I was there, blowing napkins about, but at least you know CSG will be safe from the heat this summer.

A large television hangs on the wall in the former Krystal building at the corner of Broad and Old Fort, so you can take in the news on your lunch break, or watch sports at night.

There are five other Chicago Style Gyro stores in Nashville, and management plans to be in Murfreesboro for a long time, signing a long-term lease for the building.

“The meat comes in from Chicago, that’s why it’s called Chicago Style Gyros,” said employee Sam Anwer.

He came to the Nashville area from Afghanistan a few years ago, and now attends Nashville Tech. He said the Middle Tennessee area is a great place to live “because it’s not too expensive” like some major cities.

The restaurant is really an international endeavor, with the owner coming from Greece, and staffing Kurdish and Egyptian employees in addition to the young man from Afghanistan working the counter when I visited.

Stop in and see them. At how many local restaurants can you obtain a real serving of four food groups for $6?meat, grain (rice and pita), veggies (salad and toppings) and dairy (sauce and cheese)?

THE DISH:

Name: Chicago Style Gyros

Location: 535 N.W. Broad St.

Phone: (615) 895-1874

Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs.; 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat.

Prices: Gyro or chicken plate: $6.39; baklava: $0.99

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Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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