Shawarma/Gyro Guide Pt. 2 – Boston

close up on a gyro sandwich

A good shawarma will always be one of our favorite foods. When they shave that meat fresh from the rotisserie onto a fluffy pita, there are few foods that can compete. Check out part 1 of our guide if you haven’t already, and if you have never had shawarma before then click here for the basics.

We are back for shawarma guide part two– bringing even more heat!

Farm Grill & Rotisserie

Although it’s located outside of the city, this spot is worth a trip. Most places will have your basics: falafel, pitas, hummus. But Farm Grill has all that and so, so much more. From fresh octopus salad to swordfish kabobs this is not your typical joint. All of their seafood is fire, but the real star of the show is their gyro. Before you come @ us, yes, we know shawarma and gyros are technically different dishes with different spices (and they come from different regions) but we are including Farm Grill in our shawarma review, and if you don’t like that, then don’t go there and miss out on one of the best culinary experiences around.

Our go-to gyro at Farm Grill is the beef and lamb. This combination is the best of both worlds. You get the gaminess of the lamb and that savory beef flavor all wrapped up in one. The pita they use is light and fluffy and comes slightly charred from the grill. If the pita isn’t quality then it doesn’t matter how good the meat is. This is one of those pitas that you cant replicate by buying it at the grocery store.

Also, this may be one of the first times that we were actually excited for the side salad. Not because the salad is that great, but because we could bathe in their homemade greek dressing. So, do yourself a favor and take the trip here!

Esperia Grill

A hidden gem next to a Dunkin’ Donuts in downtown Brighton, you could walk by this place your entire life and not realize you’re missing out on one of the best gyros of your life.

Most of the time, gyros are the ideal food to grab on the go. They are compact and wrapped tight in the pita. But not at Esperia. Make sure you are sitting down for this one because they are massive. This is like when you ask for a burrito bowl at Chipotle with the tortilla on the bottom (you’re welcome for the tip), you have to eat some of the meat before you can pick it up.

Just like Farm Grill, the pita here is next level. Whoever the pita plug is we have to find out, because these bad boys are large, fluffy, and can hold a whole lot of meat. The gyros at Esperia are heavy on the tzatziki and veggies medley, which is great for us because we love getting lost in the sauce.

House of Shawarma

With a name like this you better have a good ass shawarma.

We have been let down by too many “House of Pizza’s,” but fear not, because House of Shawarma lives up to the name. The menu is simple, and the star of the show is the shawarma. This is your classic working man’s shawarma, wrapped tight for when you are on the go. They still load it with meat, and what really makes it special are the veggies they throw in there. The pickled cucumbers and turnips not only make this pita visually appealing, but bring an acidic bite and crunch that is addicting.

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