A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 24, 2017
“A gyro is a Greek taco” ("A gyro is a lamb taco")

The Greek “gyro” (meat wrapped in a pita) has been compared to the Mexican “taco” (meat—or some other filling—wrapped in a tortilla). “Greek taco—a gyro” was printed in a 1976 newspaper.

“A ‘Lamb Taco’ is also known as a Gyro” was posted on Twitter on January 23, 2011. “A Gyro is pretty much a Lamb Taco” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on September 24, 2017.


Wikipedia: Gyro (food)
A gyro or gyros (Greek pronunciation: [ˈʝiros]) (Greek: γύρος, gyros, literally ‘turn’ ) is a Greek dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, traditionally pork, or chicken, and outside Greece with beef, veal or lamb, and usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce.

22 August 1976, Pantagraph (Bloomington-Normal, IL), “Kielbasa’s killing, connoisseur of state fair’s food decides” by D. Wesley Smith, pg. A-7, col. 2:
Nickolas Nikols had a booth near Brigitte’s in Heritage Square and he beat her bratwurst with the equivalent of a Greek taco—a gyro.

15 October 1989, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Funstival helps others to share Greek culture” by Denise Swibold, pg. B1:
... gyro—a Greek taco.

Google Groups: ba.food
Turkish food
Icono Clast
10/1/95
PH}it was a lot easier to find donner kabob in Turkey than it was to find gyros in Greece!

I don’t remember whether they were called gyros (a word I learned during my last visit to New York), but what to me was a Greek taco was available on almost every block in the central plazas in small towns and all over downtown Athens. They were delilcious.

The meat, lamb?, was rotated on a vertical spit.

Google Books
Ask Me Anything:
Provocative Answers for College Students

By J. Budziszewski
Colorado Springs, CO: Think
2004
Pg. ?:
He sat down with a plate of something I didn’t recognize. “What’s that? Some kind of taco?”

“Haven’t you ever had a gyro?” he asked. “It’s like a Greek taco. Gyros have been around for a long time.”

Twitter
Ben Marvin‏
@benmarvin
Gyro. It’s like a greek taco.
4:21 PM - 23 Jan 2009

Twitter
Ken Chang‏
@kenchang
just had a “Greek taco” (aka Gyro) at Yiassoo in Cupertino.
4:27 PM - 19 Feb 2009

Twitter
Christopher Bastedo‏
@UpstateMetFan
@andylevy @billschultz Just watched the 1/21 show: a “Lamb Taco” is also known as a Gyro. Just sayin’.
12:44 PM - 23 Jan 2011

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
That a gyro is a Greek taco OR a taco is a Mexican gyro.
submitted May 2, 2015 by Postbudet

Twitter
Celina‏
@CelinaGildea
A gyro is a lamb taco
2:13 AM - 5 May 2017

Twitter
Z0CK‏
@d0c_z1ck
Replying to @kuhb00m
Isn’t a lamb taco called a gyro?
5:33 PM - 19 Aug 2017

Twitter
John Leavitt 🌹‏
@LeavittAlone
A gyro is a Greek taco, admit it
11:56 PM - 31 Aug 2017

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A Gyro is pretty much a Lamb Taco.
submitted September 24, 2017 by starlord358

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, September 24, 2017 • Permalink