Monday, December 19, 2011

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe [2/5]

Taziki's


Located on the corner of Airport and Whitesburg, Taziki's is part of a fast casual Greek chain with locations throughout the southeast region. The hubby and I headed there for dinner one night hoping for gyros which were both tasty and closer to the south side of town.

We ordered at the counter and took a seat with our order number. Our food came up quickly, almost as soon as we sat down. I had ordered the lamb gyro with red roasted potatoes; the hubby had selected the chicken gyro with rice.

My lamb gyro and potatoes are pictured above. All gyros come with a side of chips, so I was getting double the dose of potatoes with my dinner. The gyro was disappointing at best. The pita was soft and fluffy but the lamb was gaggingly strong and the whole thing was drowning in oil and a "taziki" sauce that appeared to be Italian dressing. And when I say drowning, I mean quite literally, when I tried to shift the paper wrapper down midway through my gyro I ended up with a lapfull of the stuff. The gyro also featured onion, romaine lettuce, and some lackluster tomato but the lamb and sauce made their presence a matter of texture more than anything else.

The potatoes were a mix of under-cooked and thoroughly cooked pieces with the only real flavor coming from a sprinkling of pepper. The potato chips were simply off the shelf Ruffles and seemed mostly a matter of adding "filler" to the meal.

Taziki's


The hubby's was happier with his gyro (which did not dump its liquid contents on his lap). He described the rice as tangy and lemony and was fairly pleased with his meal.

I would love to see a Greek/Mediterranean place thriving in South Huntsville, but Taziki's has not proved to be that place. The food is mediocre, sliding towards truly awful, and for just a bit more money there is far better fare in town.

Total for the meal: $19.66


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10 comments:

  1. If you decide to give it another try, go on a Friday or Saturday and get the special- a bed of greens topped with penne pasta, delicious Greek grilled Chicken, a yummy balsamic sauce, feta, tomatoes and basil. I promise you will like it better!

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  2. I had a similar experience here and was not impressed.

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  3. I wish I could have warned you about that place, it was one of the worst.

    I really like the gyros at Papa Gyros, if you go make sure to try their Feisty Feta. It's served with triangles of pita bread like you would eat with hummus.

    I know a lot of people swear by Jamos' gyros, and I used to eat there a lot in college. But I've grown accustomed to soft pita bread, and theirs was thin and hard.

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  4. Laura--I'll keep that in mind.

    Omegix--Ah, but then I wouldn't have been able to warn others. ; ) I've been so enamoured for the gyro plates at Papa Gryos, I haven't made it much past them. I'll have to try the Feisty Feta next time. : )

    Jamos pita bread is tougher than other places, but I would almost rather have a hybrid. Sometimes the really soft pita bread seems almost too soft and doughy.

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  5. The grilled chicken plate is much better than the gyro. My husband and I agree that the gyro is a sloppy mess. I frequently go through the drive thru to get an order of hummus which is very good. I'd love to see them replace the potato chips.

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  6. Sounds like it's unanimous then, if I find myself there again, order a grilled chicken plate. : ) Thanks for chiming in y'all!

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  7. I've tried it a few times over the last few years, each time hoping it would be better, and I've been let down each time. The lamb always gives me mouthfuls of gristle and fat. It's gross. Service has always been friendly, but that doesn't make up for awful food. Give me Papa Gyro's any day!

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  8. Wow, I really like this place. I usually get the lamb feast with the greek salad and either the rice or potatoes. I'm surprised your experience was so bad.

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  9. Mrs Dragon - I continue to contact you to invite you back to Taziki's as my guest. In fact, I'll host everyone that's made a comment on this blog post. At Taziki's we truly represent, Fresh, Healthy, and Deliciously Different. We do NOT have a fryer, microwave, or freezer. We make everything signature and from scratch every day and all day long. Let me introduce you to my favorite recipes from Taziki's! Thank you so much for your time!

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  10. I visited this place a few years ago, and didn't like it. However, I visited recently and it appears to have evolved. It is excellent now.

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