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Old 04-20-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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How do yo pronounce Gyro (food)?

While I am not Greek, I grew up with several friends that either owned a Gyro stand or a restaurant that mainly served gyros. The area I grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, not far from Philly and New York City. The Greeks I knew always made them without feta and called pronounced them Gyro (J-eye-row).

I moved to Georgia and the Gyros suck ass. Some places automatically put on feta. You have to tell them to not put it on.
They also pronounce Gyro I guess the "Greek" way (year- row). Instead of cucumber dressing, they also try and pronounce it tzatziki (Ta- zeek- ee).

So how do you all pronouce Gyro, do you get feta cheese on it, and do you call it cumumber or tzatziki?

Most importantly where were you born and raised?

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I'm Greek,

The "Americanized" way of saying it is "Guy-Ro" or "JI-Row" w/ cucumber sauce or that white stuff

The "Greek" way of saying it is "Yee-Row w/ tzatziki

I say it the "americanized" way to customers, but the greek way to my parents.

Where in Eastern PA are you from? I live in Alpha, NJ right over the border from Easton/Bethlehem

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Ordered a gyro at a fair this year, greek man corrected my pronunciation, said it is , like you say year-row, but more like euro, like the money
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I'm Greek,

The "Americanized" way of saying it is "Guy-Ro" or "JI-Row" w/ cucumber sauce or that white stuff

The "Greek" way of saying it is "Yee-Row w/ tzatziki

I say it the "americanized" way to customers, but the greek way to my parents.

Where in Eastern PA are you from? I live in Alpha, NJ right over the border from Easton/Bethlehem
Allentown area. This may explain it. I grew up close to there and I pronounce it the "americanized" way.

Thanks for the answer.
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I'm Greek,

The "Americanized" way of saying it is "Guy-Ro" or "JI-Row" w/ cucumber sauce or that white stuff

The "Greek" way of saying it is "Yee-Row w/ tzatziki

I say it the "americanized" way to customers, but the greek way to my parents.

Where in Eastern PA are you from? I live in Alpha, NJ right over the border from Easton/Bethlehem
Can't add any more to that. I'm nor Greek, but I love 'em with a good tangy tzatzki sause. <yum>
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I say year-oh. With tzat-zeeky (maybe I shouldn't put that second "t" in there?). I have no feelings about having feta on it, I can take it or leave it. As for born and raised I was Navy brat so we moved around a lot when I was a kid, but have lived in WA since I was 8.
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Midwest here...and hope this doesn't offend.."Hero" (yeah we really screwed that one up) but I do like to get them when the fairs are around town......
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I always thought it was just pronounced "Grinda", as long as it's "wicked good", who cares how it's pronounced.
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I grew up in the Detroit area and called them slovlakis.. onion, tomato, tzatziki sauce, no feta, yum.
I now serve them in my restaurant.
Not bad for a Polish kid!
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The Greeks I knew always made them without feta and called pronounced them Gyro (J-eye-row).
J-eye-row is how I say it.
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I'm Greek,

The "Americanized" way of saying it is "Guy-Ro" or "JI-Row" w/ cucumber sauce or that white stuff

The "Greek" way of saying it is "Yee-Row w/ tzatziki

I say it the "americanized" way to customers, but the greek way to my parents.

Where in Eastern PA are you from? I live in Alpha, NJ right over the border from Easton/Bethlehem
Yee-row w/tzaziki is the way I know it as well. When I was in Germany (Schweinfurt), there was a little Greek Gyro stand downtown by the market. Little old Greek fellow ran it and was themnicest guy and the best Gyros I've even had. Good stuff.
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We also call them Donair's here.
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Yee-row w/tzaziki is the way I know it as well. When I was in Germany (Schweinfurt), there was a little Greek Gyro stand downtown by the market. Little old Greek fellow ran it and was themnicest guy and the best Gyros I've even had. Good stuff.
Are talking about the hole in the wall right off the marktplatz? I thought that was a doner kebab place? Best gyro in Schweinfurt was at the Delphi on the south side.

When were you there?

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We also call them Donair's here.
Doenars are the Turkish version pretty close to the same thing but not tell a Greek or Turk that!
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I just order number 6 with fries and coke, everyone says it different so I gave up trying to get it right
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While I am not Greek, I grew up with several friends that either owned a Gyro stand or a restaurant that mainly served gyros. The area I grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, not far from Philly and New York City. The Greeks I knew always made them without feta and called pronounced them Gyro (J-eye-row).

I moved to Georgia and the Gyros suck ass. Some places automatically put on feta. You have to tell them to not put it on.
They also pronounce Gyro I guess the "Greek" way (year- row). Instead of cucumber dressing, they also try and pronounce it tzatziki (Ta- zeek- ee).

So how do you all pronouce Gyro, do you get feta cheese on it, and do you call it cumumber or tzatziki?

Most importantly where were you born and raised?
Born in Northside hospital, raised in Georgia. We called em sammiches until all the yankees started correcting us, lmao. Now we call em heros, gee-ros, jeye-ros, guy-ros, and everyother butchering of the original pronunciation imaginable. I would not bank on a good one outside of the perimeter, and would be careful inside where I got one.

Whereabouts in Ga are ya? The vernaculars throughout the state change pretty drastically, from the drawn out 'yyyyy'aaaaaaaaalllllllllllls' of south Georgia to the sharp 'weeee-dawgies' of appalachian georgia and the 'southern rise' in the speach of east Ga (old southern dialect). Inside the perimeter (I-285) is really wierd, because nobody there is a Ga native, but plenty talk like they are, which sounds really funny (to me). FYI - if they say 'George-e-ah' or 'AT-lan-Ta', they are not native. If they say 'Jaw-jah' or 'Add-lanna', they are. We tend to get lazy midsentence.
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Are talking about the hole in the wall right off the marktplatz? I thought that was a doner kebab place? Best gyro in Schweinfurt was at the Delphi on the south side.

When were you there?

Doenars are the Turkish version pretty close to the same thing but not tell a Greek or Turk that!
Nope, not a shop. He had this big white wagon type cart. He was always on the sidewalk on the route we walked to get there from Leadward Barracks. I was there 87-89. 5/41st FA. Familiar with The Truckstop?
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Nope, not a shop. He had this big white wagon type cart. He was always on the sidewalk on the route we walked to get there from Leadward Barracks. I was there 87-89. 5/41st FA. Familiar with The Truckstop?
Ah don't remember him then, although there was a van that would usually sit around Niederwerrn that sold pretty good Gyros, he'd show up at area Mike on occasion as well.


Yeah I remember the Truckstop.

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