Why: The Gyro Shack is a fast-food franchise founded in 2010 in Idaho. The brand expanded into Washington, and now has a total of 10 stores. The emphasis is on fresh and fast gyro options, some authentic and some unique. Gyros can be ordered by themselves or made into a combo meal. Breakfast options are available as well.
What I tried: My dining companions and I tried the Greek fries and the regular fries. I settled on the Reuben gyro and my dining companions had the Spicy Bacon Avocado and the Super. I also had the Greek salad with tzatziki dressing on the side.
The crinkle-cut fries are deep fried to a tasty, golden-crisp finish. The Greek variety are topped with crumbled feta and herbs, but the toppings seemed sparse to us.
The Gyreuben starts out with the usual gyro meat in a soft, fresh pita wrap. Caraway seeds, sauerkraut and dressing provide the Reuben character. The result is a tasty and juicy Greek spin on a classic.
The Super consists of gyro meat, bacon, tzatziki sauce, hummus, romaine lettuce, tomato, onion, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, feta, and spicy red sauce. It is a large wrap packed full of flavor. My dining companion noted that it tasted more American than Greek, but he fully enjoyed it and found it filling.
The Gyro Shack
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 315 N.E. 192nd Ave., Suite 306, Vancouver.
Health score: The Gyro Shack has received a pre-opening inspection and is scheduled for a routine inspection in the near future. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.
My dining companion who ate the Spicy Bacon Avocado version (made with gyro meat, bacon, tzatziki sauce, tomato, onion, avocado and spicy red sauce) liked its fresh, saladlike quality.
I was too full to eat the Greek salad, so I took it home and had it for lunch the next day. It was still very fresh. The salad combines romaine lettuce, tomato, Kalamata olives, cucumber, green bell pepper, feta and a bit of onion. The bell peppers surprised me. I cannot remember them ever being in any Greek salad that I had tried before, but I like what they brought to the salad, which I enjoyed to the last bite. The tzatziki sauce had a generous amount of dill, which made me think of a yogurt version of tartar sauce.
Overall, we all agreed that our selections surpassed what we expected on the flavor meter and the prices were reasonable.
Atmosphere: The restaurant is organized in fast-food fashion with the menu board above the counter. A soda dispenser is close by for self-service. The blue-and-white color palette evokes picturesque Santorini, and gives the space a crisp and clean appearance.
Other observations: The staff was friendly and the food was fresh. The Gyro Shack brings some welcome diversity to Clark County’s fast-food dining options.
Cost: Gryos range from $5.99 to $10.49. To make them a combo add $3. To make them a rice bowl or a salad add $1.50. Breakfast options are $4.99 to $6.29. Kids meals cost $4.99.