RACINE — Gyros, beef or chicken kabobs, falafel and spinach pie are among the Mediterranean fare offered at the new Gyros Express.
The small restaurant opened Tuesday in a small strip center at Regency Point Shopping Center, just off of South Green Bay Road. It is Adam Hamden’s first restaurant of his own after being in the food business and running various Milwaukee cafes “on and off for the past 30 years,” he said.
A native of Palestine, Hamden offers some American foods, but the Mediterranean foods are the stars at Gyros Express.
“Our specialty is fresh cooking,” he said. “Everything is prepared in front of you.”
After trying several distributors’ gyro cones, Hamden said, he chose one that is a very lean mixture of beef and lamb.
“Gyros tend to be heavy on the stomach,” he said. “This one doesn’t settle into the stomach as hard as regular gyros.”
The gyro meat cones are never frozen, he continued, and the meat is slowly roasted, then sliced off as needed to make gyros. A gyro alone, weighing “close to half a pound each,” costs $6. A plate with two sides costs $8.
The chicken or beef kabobs are marinated overnight and are grilled with red peppers on the side. A kabob plate sells for $8.
The menu includes Middle Eastern vegeterian options including a baked spinach pie, served on a griddle, for $7.50. A falafel served in pita bread sells for $5.
The restaurant — which seats 20 inside and later another 12 outdoors — also features Friday fish fries, items just for children and 12 flavors of Cedar Crest ice cream.
GYROS EXPRESS AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: Gyros Express
WHERE: 6116 Regency West Drive
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
PHONE: (262) 554-6474