by Cheryl Baehr
Please indulge this recently repatriated St. Louisan who just returned from the hinterlands. It's not exactly breaking news that Olympia Kebob House & Taverna's (1543 McCausland Avenue, Richmond Heights; 314-781-1299) gyro is the best in town. Like most, I've been going to Olympia for years, taking its signature sandwich for granted. But, in the words of 1980s hair metal band Cinderella, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone."
While living out of town for five years, I often found myself stricken with intense cravings for Greek food (being pregnant didn't help matters). But no matter how hard I searched, I couldn't find anything comparable to Olympia's gyro. When I returned home, dinner at Olympia was one of my first orders of business. The first bite was like reconnecting with an old friend. The meat, a juicy, tender combination of seasoned ground lamb and beef, is nothing like the thin, dry composite stuff peddled by other gyro spots. Olympia's tzatziki also sets it apart from the pack -- it's thick like sour cream, garlicky and flecked with grated cucumber. The gyro is topped with thinly sliced white onions and diced tomatoes that somehow always seem fresh.
I'll never again take this gem for granted.
Previously: #77: The Johnny Cake at TreeHouse #78: A Classic Glazed Doughnut from Pharoah's Donuts #79: Skordalia at the Purple Martin #80: Beef Brisket Birria Taco Taco at Mission Taco Joint #81: Cappuccino from Sump Coffee #82: The Salted Caramel Croissant at Pint Size Bakery #83: Gnocchi at the Good Pie #84: Truffled Tater Tots at Blood & Sand #85: Marinated Feta Cheese at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House #86: Chorizo and Egg Sope at Spare No Rib #87: Duck Burger at Planter's House #88: WildSmoke's Smoked Chicken Wings #89: The Duck Prosciutto Flatbread at Bella Vino #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip #95: Macarons at La Patisserie Chouquette #96: The Libertine's Fried Chicken #97: Pork Belly at Element #98: M'Lwee at Baida #99: Breadbasket at Juniper #100: Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Pastaria