Downtown Racine place takes the (pan)Cake

We asked our Facebook group to let us know where to get the BEST pancakes in Racine.   I personally have not noticed a big difference in the quality of pancakes from diner to diner — any restaurant that focuses on breakfast generally has decent pancakes.    After doing this Take Three Tuesday, I now am aware of a difference — one place made outstanding pancakes.

Not going to bury the lead, the best pancakes are being made by Robert’s Roost in Racine.

Robert’s Roost, 600 6th Street, Racine, WI  http://www.roberts-roost.com/

roberts-exterior

Robert’s Roost is a downtown, breakfast/lunch restaurant in an older building.   The interior has a “country” decor with a rooster theme –  but it is in no way tacky or outdated.  The natural lighting in the restaurant is such a welcome change over the many diners lit with florescent bulbs.

roberts-interior

The pancake menu is simple.

roberts-pancake-menu

Here is the thing: Robert’s Roost pancakes are HUGE in size and thickness.   I can’t imagine someone ordering two pancakes unless it was to share.

roberts-roost-pancakes

Pictured is the kid’s pancake and bacon for $3.95.   The pancake, was thick but fluffy, and pleasantly sweet.  Unlike the other two places’ pancakes,  which tasted just like pancakes do at almost any restaurant, this pancake had a different taste, in a good way.

We also went to Honey Bee’s in Racine and Marty’s Restaurant in Waterford.  Both places pancakes are fine, just fine, but not memorable.   Honeybee’s has some very unique things on the menu but the building is kind of dumpy.   The day we went the interior was humid and had a musty smell that affected our enjoyment of the food.

Honey Bees II, 4713 Douglas Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honey-Bees-II/111900725556209

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The pancakes at Marty’s did the job for the kids,

Marty’s Restaurant, 201 W. Main Street, Waterford, Wisconsin.  http://www.martysrestaurant.net/

shelby-pancake

What was more interesting was their Mexican breakfast menu, by the way, horchata was available as well.

martys-mexican-breakfasts

 

Take a shortcut: these store-bought salads are better than you can make at home anyway

This Take-Three Tuesday we tried deli salads recommended to us by our Facebook group as being great deli salads available at local grocery stores.   To get a cross section of tasters, we brought six deli salads to a campground and did a blind tasting with ten campers.   The salads were all purchased the day before.   One salad was the clear favorite.   Two others were liked by all.

One salad we purchased at O &H we took out of consideration because (a) we didn’t think this was the same salad as the page member recommended and (2)  the salad didn’t taste fresh after a day.    That left us we five salads: two from Festival Foods, two from Tenuta’s and one from Danny’s Meats.   These three were our favorites.

Sombrero Salad, Festival Foods, regular price $4.99 lb.

Festival Sombrero Salad

Festival Foods strong point is their deli section.  Their prices for other staples may be higher than pick-n-save but their salad, hot food, dip, cold dessert selection is phenomenal.

The Sombrero Salad was enjoyed by all of our tasters.  Black olives, shredded cheddar, rotini and a dressing that reminded me of a thin Catalina dressing with a touch of taco seasoning.   A solid salad-its not going to set the world on fire with its exotic ingredients-but its a crowd-pleaser.

Tortellini Salad, Tenuta’s Deli, 3203 52nd Street, Kenosha, reg. price $4.99 lb.

Tenutas Tortellini Salad

The ingredients in Tenuta’s tortellini salad were about as good as you can get.  First the cheese tortellini was soft but not too soft.   The large chunks of salami were not too spicy and surprisingly tender.   The chunks of cheese were also quite generous. The price, $4.99 a pound, is very reasonable given the high quality ingredients.   The only change may be to add a little Italian dressing to it when you serve it a second day as the pasta had absorbed much of it.   This may be why someone suggested that you purchase Tenuta’s Olive Salad and then mix the two together — going to have to try this.

And everyone’s favorite salad was,

Spinach Pine Nut Salad, Festival Foods, regular price $6.49 lb.

Festival Spinach Pine Nut Salad

Everyone agreed that this was a great salad.   Pretty simple actually, spinach, Parmesan shreds, pine nuts, bow-tie pasta and a dressing.  It was well dressed, not dry at all.   The spinach was not soggy even after a day in the fridge.   This was the most expensive salad of the three but its understandable; have you seen the price of pine nuts?   For those of you that haven’t tried pine nuts, it is a soft nut that doesn’t have a strong flavor and adds that perfect texture to this salad.   Even people that weren’t fans of cooked spinach and never have heard of pine nuts liked this salad.  Pine nuts are also called Pignolia nuts and here is a link as to how they are harvested.  Pine Nut Harvest

The other two we tried were Tenuta’s Supper Salad (kind of plain and under-dressed) and Danny’s Meats Jalapeno Potato Salad (too spicy and too many crunchy vegetables for most of us).

Its hot and there is sooo many things to fill your time in Wisconsin during the summer.   Cut some of the hassle by picking up one of these salads for your next party.

 

Check out these two great racks in SE Wisconsin

We took on ribs this go-round and we were a little concerned because we know there are BBQ fans out there that take this smoking ribs seriously.  We brought in some help in the form of Justin Gall, Foreman at Crystal Cabinet & Supply on Douglas Avenue in Racine.  Justin has been smoking meat for years and is a BBQ lover, knowledgeable about the various styles.   We went to three places, suggested by our Facebook page members, and we all had the same opinion:  Two of the places were great, one not so much.

Coming in at Number 3:

Southbound Saloon & Eatery, 9504 S. Chicago Road, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 53154

Southbound serves ribs two or three days a week (Tues, Thursday and possibly Saturday.)   We arrived Thursday at six pm to an empty bar.

Southbound exterior

A “Full Rack” of ribs will set you back $23.95 but it comes with two sides.   We decided to get take-out.

Southbound ribs menu

The Full rack was actually several different pieces of ribs and the portion size was huge.   The ribs were apparently braised and then placed on the grill to warm them up and grill them prior to serving.

Southbound ribs

The ribs were very inconsistent.  Some of us had “fall off the bone” ribs and some of us had under-cooked (not raw just tough) ribs.   The ribs could have used a good trimming because there were extra hunks of meat and fat attached to the top that made them awkward to eat (as if ribs aren’t already awkward).    Some of us weren’t crazy about the sauce either.    The ribs were so cold when they went on the grill that the centers of the thick hunks of meat weren’t always warm by the time they came off.  Not recommended.

Now, on to the good news!

Coming in at 1 and 1A are two places that serve ribs as a specialty.  The types of ribs they serve couldn’t be more different – but yet equally delicious.

Oh Dennis! Saloon & Charcoal House, 4301 Douglas Avenue, Caledonia, Wisconsin (Facebook page here)

Oh Dennis Exterior

Ask anyone where to get ribs in SE Wisconsin and this place is probably the name that will be mentioned – with good reason – the ribs are tasty.    Oh Dennis! is kind of an upscale dive, dishes are served on chinet-style plastic plates and the interior is dark with no windows.     Dinner is the only meal served and watch out for the Rib-vacations the owners take.

Oh Dennis Hours

Oh Dennis Interior Panoramic

We ordered a combo which came with a small rack of ribs (normally priced at $15.95) Oh Dennis Rib prices

The place is dark so the photo does not do the ribs justice, but the ribs were on point.   These ribs are not smoked, but braised and grilled.   The ribs were well-trimmed and tender but not too tender, and the sauce was great with a little kick.   My favorite bite was when the sauce had slightly caramelized on the grill.     I can see why this place is always crowded.

Oh Dennis Ribs

Now for our final experience – and it was a great one

LD’s BBQ, 1880 County Highway Es, East Troy, Wisconsin 53120

Ok, for those of you that live in Kenosha and Racine, this is a drive, but its a pleasant one.   LD’s is actually on HWY 20 so if you just take that west all the way to East Troy, you will run into this BBQ place.

LDs exterior

LD's building

LD’s is actually located inside a gas station.  You order at a counter and there is some seating — but not much.  Don’t worry everything on the menu works well for carry-out.

LDs interior

We went with the Sampler Platter, which included 1/4 chicken, 1/4 rack of ribs, brisket, smoked sausage and two sides for $22.95.    PLEASE LISTEN: Unless you can handle leftovers, order this to share with two or even three people.  We shared with two people and a child each time and still took home leftovers.

LD's Sampler Platter

We LOVED this place and it was well worth the drive.  The ribs are traditional southern-style smoked, rendered beautifully and tender but not too tender.   We got the meat without sauce and added LD’s sauce.   The sauce was  unremarkable and actually unnecessary.   According to Justin these ribs  was as close as you can come to a Memphis dry rib (and he has made the smoked meat pilgrimage to Memphis)   We devoured the smoked sausage and chicken too.   Don’t miss the sweet and dense cornbread that comes on the side.  LD’s also caters — instead of boneless chicken breast with a twice baked potato I would LOVE to see an LD’s truck at a wedding I was attending.

LD’s and Oh Dennis’ ribs would never be mistaken for each other, but both places are at the top of the rib game in Southeast Wisconsin.

You’ll want to get involved in this Club

One of my absolute favorite classic sandwiches is the good ole’ club.   And let me tell you, if it isn’t cut in four pieces with tooth picks holding it together (preferably with plastic colored pom pom things on the end), I get sad.    We had two decent clubs and one very good club in this Take Three Tuesday go-round this week — on to the results.

Coming in at number three

Water Street Brewery, 7929 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek  — Water Street Brewery Website

Water Street Brewery Interior

Water Street Brewery in Oak Creek is a humongous restaurant with a very large menu.   Saturday night was hoppin’ with customers which is a good sign for the many new restaurants to come in Drexel Town Square.

Water Street’s Club ($10.95 including a side) was generously made with turkey breast, ham, bacon lettuce. tomato, cheddar cheese — all traditional ingredients — with one exception, chipotle mayo.

water street club

I love a new twist on an old classic, but this one didn’t work for me.   Maybe an herb mayo, or a ranch mayo — chipotle mayo just seemed out of place.    Also, they didn’t put enough mayo on the sandwich and tasted if it was toasted a while ago.   No complaints with the size, meat or other ingredients though.  If I ordered it again, I would simply substitute regular mayo – and use a heavy hand.

 

Our No. 2 club sandwich was in Kenosha. 

Andrea’s Gift Shop/Jack’s Cafe, 2401 60th Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin   Jack’s menu website link

I was a first timer at this little soda fountain inside a gift shop in the heart of Kenosha.   Not a lot of seating, but this place was cute as can be.   I was shocked how busy the shop and restaurant were on a Wednesday afternoon.

 Jack's Interior

We ordered Jack’s Club for $8.25 which came with chips.

Jacks club

Jack’s club was LOADED with meat, they certainly did not skimp out.   However we had two somewhat minor issues with the club.  First, they did not put mayo on the club, they served it on the side.  It was kind of a pain to spread mayo on the club yourself and spread it on the bread without messing up the sandwich.  Second, the sandwich was so loaded with meat and bottom heavy that the top part had a tendency to fall off.   Maybe the two meats should be spread evenly throughout the sandwich for ease of eating.

And our absolute favorite club sandwich was

Ivanhoe Pub and  Eatery, 231 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin, Ivanhoe’s website

Ivanhoe exterior

Ivanhoe is a bar that serves great food, and its clear that whomever is designing the menu has made efforts to be creative and give Racine something more than typical “bar food”.

ivanhoe interior

We ordered the Turkey Club for $9.00 which came with a side – we got the fries.

ivanhoe club2

The club was very good and what put it ahead was the toasted, buttery, bread, the fresh-tasting turkey and the Swiss cheese.   I also liked the thinly-sliced onions — not typical for a club but it worked.   Next time, give us enough fries to finish that ketchup though.

 

 

Chips and Salsa: a double, a triple and a strikeout

With Cinco de Mayo this week, its the perfect time to check out the chips and salsa at some of our local restaurants — kind of a little guide for our readers that are hitting the town on Thursday.   Our members suggested several places, and we chose three of those suggestions.

At all locations, the chips and salsa were brought quickly after we were seated.    We didn’t cheap out and eat the chips and salsa and leave; we also ordered food, and sometimes margaritas, which didn’t always work out…

Coming in at No. 3

Samano’s Mexican Restaurant, 3431 East Plankinton Avenue, Cudahy. Wisconsin.  http://www.samanosrestaurant.com/

Samanos exterior two

Samano’s prides itself on serving Milwaukee Mexican food for over forty years.   The location is a historic building that has been completely rehabbed on the outside and the interior has an old-fashioned intricate wooden bar.  According to Samano’s website, this historic building was originally a Miller Brewery Tavern in 1894 and the Samano family took it over in 1967.   I love everything about the history of this place.

The chips were warm flour tortilla chips which is not common to my observations and not my preference, but they were fine flour tortilla chips.   The salsa was chunky, had some spice and was very flavorful, however I think this salsa was homemade but not fresh-made.   It seemed to have the texture of salsas that you buy in the store – but more flavorful.   If you are looking for a fresh chopped or blended salsa, (we were) then this may not be your cup of tea.

samanos chips and salsa

The bigger problem was the margaritas – they were simply undrinkable and had a chemical- like flavor.   Three of us ordered margaritas and not one of us drank more than a few sips.   We struggled with how to convey this opinion — this is not a margarita take-three after all.  However, you really can’t just show up and order chips and salsa and leave — and most of us like a margarita when we go to a Mexican restaurant.   Here is your warning – don’t order the original margarita on the rocks at Samano’s – I can’t speak for any of the other 200 flavors.

Coming in at No. 2  – Javier’s Cuisine, 2011 Lathrop Avenue. Racine, Wisconsin, Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/javierscuisinee/

Javier's Sign

This place doesn’t look like much from the outside but the inside is good-sized, tastefully decorated, with playful touches.  I especially love the print of Guanajuato, Mexico (a city I have always wanted to visit) with the note that this is Javier’s hometown.   Certainly tells us a little about our chef and his roots in Mexico.

Many of us think of “Mexican food” as being just a singular type of food but certainly “grits” are an American food that not many of us in Wisconsin eat or know how to cook.   Don’t even think of asking for a brandy old-fashioned outside of Wisconsin.   My point is that Mexico is a very large country with regional specialties.   Many times this is evidenced by the naming on Mexican restaurants in the area.   (Guanajuato is the name of one of the highest-rated restaurants in Milwaukee as well as Guadalajara (large Mexican city), Jalisco Restaurant, Rivieria Maya, Mazatlan, etc.)

On to the chips and salsa – of which Javier’s hit a solid double.

Javier's Chips and Salsa

The chips were corn, warm and crispy.   The salsa was fresh, with a definite chipotle flavor.  We would have either (a) liked a little more heat or (b) liked second “hot” option.   Regardless, we bottomed out the chips and the salsa, as well as a frozen sangria.  I would also love if Javier’s opened for lunch or on Sundays.   Nothing like a margarita-Sunday type of day.

And the best of the chips and salsa we tried was at:

Mi Jacalito, 1318 Douglas Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin..  http://mijacalitoracine.com/

Best I can gather, Mi Jacalito mean “my little place” and this Mexican restaurant is deep on Douglas Avenue and (as of now) looks like the type of restaurant you may see in Mexico.   This is going to change as the owners have requested a grant to modernize the exterior which in my opinion will definitely bring in more diners.  Excellent job also on the helpful website – websites can be made at a relatively low cost and its hard to understand restaurants that don’t have one.

Mi Jacalito exterior

People want authentic Mexican food but sometimes these little places are intimidating — maybe they only speak Spanish and I won’t be able to order or the menu will be all in Spanish.   The new exterior that Mi Jacalito is planning will help break down that fear people have of trying something different because it looks so inviting  — at least according to the plans.  http://journaltimes.com/business/local/fa-ade-upgrade-planned-for-mi-jacalito-restaurant/article_6da63b3f-e45f-5ffa-b29a-a909f5d86570.html

Ok, so on to the salsa and chips.   The chips were warm and crispy.   Mi Jacalito served three salsas.  One was pico de gallo – fresh chopped.  Another was a blended spicier salsa and the third was, well, best i could tell not much more than a slightly thicker tomato juice.   We like having a choice, and other than the tomato juice one, both of the salsas were pretty good, not mind-blowing, but solid salsas.   In baseball, this salsa offering is like a triple, not a home run.

Mi Jacalito salsas two.jpg

I hope that along with the exterior update, a little money is spent on the interior – it could use a fresh look as it feels cluttered.   Also, although the Mexican TV shows added to that authentic feel, the TV was loud making it hard to talk at times.

Mi Jacalito Interior

Bonus is that Mi Jacalito is opens for breakfast at 8am and is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  They also deliver – not sure of the boundary though.

No chips and salsa home run but its all about the on-base percentage anyway, so we will just keep stepping up to the plates.

 

Belly up to the bar for these burgers

We asked our members to suggest  “off the radar” burgers in Racine and Kenosha and our Facebook group delivered — over 100 places were suggested.   We couldn’t just limit our review to three places — we hit nine and gave ourselves a little extra time to do it.

Even with trying nine burgers, not one of these places was a strikeout. Clearly every one of theses places cared about putting good food out to their customers.  The five places below are not our winners but we gotta say, they were still pretty good.   Suds and Grub, Husher Pub and Greg’s Catering were decent burgers, but our winners just had something slightly extra special.   Danny’s Meat Market and Cabbage Heads were good flavored burgers, but the burger was overcooked — next time it could be cooked perfectly, who knows.

Suds and Grub Two

Greg's Burger

Cabbageheads bacon cheeseburger

Husher Pub Burger

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Now for the BEST of the BEST:

Choo-Choo Charlie’s, 13th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin (at the train depot).   www.eatatchucks.com  

choo choo sign

Choo-Choo Charlies is off everyone’s radar currently because it is so new.   Unlike all of our other picks, the atmosphere is train-crazy, loud and geared towards kids — no beer here.   It made the top of the list because the burger is darn good and the price is reasonable.

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The buns on Choo-Choo’s burger were wonderfully crunchy – reminded me of the old Pinocchio’s.  This wonderful burger was $6.49 and that included fries.   Grab your kids and go, you don’t have to sacrifice tasty food to eat at a place your kids will love.

Buckets Pub – 2031 Lathrop Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin.   www.buckets-pub.com.  Buckets is certainly not off the radar for Racine folks. — everybody knows about their hot wings.  However, you don’t hear a lot of talk about Buckets burgers.

We ordered the cheeseburger (only half-pounders served here) for $7.95 with cheddar and comes with fries.   Out of all the places we visited, Buckets was the only place that asked how we want our burgers cooked — medium rare please.

Burger

As requested, the burger was cooked a perfect medium rare with a classic beefy burger flavor.   No special sauces, avocado or fried egg topping available – just a juicy traditional burger.   I would eat this burger instead of wings any day.

The Garage, 3001 60th Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin.   www.garagebarkenosha.com.

The Garage is a bar and burger place, but it is new and not yet on everyone’s radar.

garage sign

We ordered a egg-topped cheeseburger and a cheddar-stuffed burger topped with bacon and grilled onions for $11.   With the burger came your choice of kettle chips or seasoned hand-cut fries.  The meat was seasoned perfectly and the burger cooked perfectly.  Bonus for interesting toppings that added to the burger without overwhelming it.

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Uptown Pub & Grill, 1510 Junction Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin.   https://www.facebook.com/uptownpubgrillracine

Uptown exterior

This is a bar on a small street in the Uptown area of Racine that you would never find if you didn’t make a special effort to go there.    Don’t give up though, you will be missing an excellent burger.   Uptown pub has a few tables, a few tvs, but by and large this is a bar – probably not a place to bring your toddler.

Uptown interior

Uptown offers build your own burgers – 1/3 lb grilled for $6.50 and a stuffed burger or $7.50.  We had one of each – Bacon cheese burger and a Stuffed blue cheese burger with swiss and grilled onions.

Uptown menu

The burger tasted just as delicious as it looks in the photo.   Pink in the middle, great bun, perfectly cooked bacon and cheese.  The chipotle mayo was a perfect addition to the typical bacon cheeseburger.  The stuffed burger with blue was transcendental —  the blue cheese melted in the middle into like a creamy sauce.  (The picture I had didn’t really do it justice so I omitted it)  Paired with the bacon and the grilled onions — hot damn!

uptown pub burger

I suspect we will do an off the radar burgers round two sometime in the future, but for now, I need some celery sticks and wheat grass shots.   Well, maybe for a day or two.

Sauce puts Racine Gyros spot on top

Ok, before we get started on these monster, meat-loaded pita sandwiches, lets talk about three things:

  1. How to say “Gyro”     When I see the word,  I want to say  “Jai-ro” but I force myself to say “Year-o.”     I researched the correct pronunciation and there is not an absolute consensus, but the majority of authorities seem to agree that it is pronounced like “Hee-ro” but with a very soft “g” sound in front, so “gheero”, I guess.   See, e.g.  http://www.chowhound.com/post/pronounce-gyro-443408.    Actually, Greeks do not use the singular “gyro,” that’s an American thing.
  2. What kind of meat is this?   Gyro meat is made like a meatloaf, using different meats and spices.   Most, if not all, of the places that serve gyros, buy their gyro cones (the meat cylinder placed on the vertical spit) from Kronos Foods, which manufactures the meat cylinders just across the border in Illinois.      Kronos gyrokones are made with a combination of beef and lamb. (Amazon has 20 lb Kronos Gyrokones for $75)   http://kronosfoodsinc.com/products-and-brands/food-service-products/meats/authentic-gyrokones/ 

krono gyrokone

3.What about that sauce?  The yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon sauce is called Tzatziki (pronounced Zaa-Zee-Kee according to the Kronos website)  By the end of this Take Three I convinced myself that gyros were diet food because of the abundance of meat and the low fat yogurt sauce.   Seriously, gyros (sans pita) must be A-OK on low-carb diets.

On to the gyropalooza.   Our page members overloaded us with suggestions with places to try; as usual we chose three of your suggestions.   We liked all three places, but the meat wasn’t really different or a deciding factor.  It came down to the sauce.

Coming in at number three:

Oakland Gyros, 530 W. Layton Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   (No website)

Oakland Gyros exterior

Oakland Gyros has two locations – one on the North side of Milwaukee, the other near the airport.   From what I can tell, it is Milwaukee’s go-to place for gyros.  When you order one of their platters –no joke– a skinny family of four would be fine ordering just one platter.

Oakland Interior

We ordered the Gyro platter for $8.99.    With the platter, Oakland offers a choice of French Fries, Rice or Greek Salad, but they will let you do halfsies.  So you can get half rice, half salad etc for the same price.   Further, I was told by the knowledgeable order taker that you can also split the type of meat (1/2 gyros, 1/2 chicken).   End result, a huge amount of tasty food for $8.99; there is no comparison.

We chose the rice as our side which was topped with a sort of tomato-based gravy.   Very good.  Loved the huge chunk of feta and the kalamata olives on the side as well.

Oakland Gyro

Unlike the other two places we visited, Oakland puts the tzatziki sauce on the side, which is what I am accustomed to.  Actually when you eat-in, they give you an entire ketchup squirt bottle full of the stuff.

The onions were slightly thicker than I like and off season tomatoes are off season tomatoes — not ideal.    The meat was tender and the pita on the bottom was soft and pliable.   The only place that this gyro fell off slightly for me was the tzatziki sauce.  It was just not as flavorful as the other places.  I saw no spices or chunks and tasted only a very slight garlic flavor.

That being said, if I were going out for a gyros platter, Oakland would probably be my first choice simply because they offer a variety of sides and not just fries.

Coming in at number two:

Tino’s Carry Out, 1100 Washington Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin.  (No website)

Tino’s has two locations in Racine, we only tried the one on Washington avenue.   This is truly a carry-out only place with a drive-through pick up window, however, there is some outdoor seating.   There is something like a Tino’s on every major corner in Chicago.

Tinos exterior

Whenever you order a sandwich or a gyro at Tino’s, it automatically comes with fries and a can soda.   We ordered the original gyro and got a can soda with fries for $6.45 — a bargain.

Tinos Gyro

As with all the other places, the gyro was HUGE.   The tzatziki, or cucumber sauce as Tino’s calls it, was automatically added — not on the side.   The meat was tender and the pita was soft.   The onions were thinly sliced which I appreciated.   The sauce was unexpectedly sweet tasting but at least it had flavor — I still wanted more garlic in the sauce.  For an extra fifty cents you can buy an additional side of the cucumber sauce.

Coming in at number one:

Gus’s Gyros, 2100 Douglas Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin.   www.greasybag.com

Gus’s is newer to Racine and is connected to a BP Gas station.

Gus Gyro exterior

The interior is cute, 1950’s decor with many tables for seating.

Gus Gyro interior

We ordered the 1978 Gyros “The Original” for $6.25.   Unlike Tino’s, this price is the Gyros only — fries and drink are additional.

Gyros at Gus’s are served almost like a wrap with the tomatoes, onions and sauce rolled up with the meat and the pita.

Gus Gyro

The meat was tender like all the other locations, the onions were a little thick cut for my taste, but Gus’s sauce was tops.   You could see dried herbs right in the sauce and taste a healthy amount of garlic.   Get an extra cup of sauce for fifty cents (although it wasn’t really necessary).

In summary, because we were solely judging gyros and not sides, Gus’s is tops because of the sauce.   If you are looking for a cheap full meal deal, head to Tino’s.   If you want a load of food (enough for two) with a variety of sides take the short trip to Oakland Gyros in Milwaukee.