Despite the simple name, Hyde Park Gyros has a menu that will make you sweat. From burgers and hot dogs to salads and barbeque, you'll need a specific craving or a lot of time to make your selections here. Add to the menu the long list of daily specials (from two chili cheese hot dogs for $4.10 to a pizza puff for $3.50) and you'll see that this place is all about options.
Of course, the moist, savory gyros are a big draw, though you can also get almost anything served up in a pita, from ham and cheese to turkey to chicken. One friend described the thin, salty French fries as tasting "like McDonalds but made with extra love."
The decor may not be much to look at (and probably hasn't changed much in the 10 years this place has been open)—two long rows of dark green booths flanking a clean corner kitchen—but the food is solid, especially for those who like their burgers greasy. A family-run business that prides itself on friendly counter staff, Hyde Park Gyros makes it easy to grab a filling lunch for less than five bucks.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Rockwood