Food Porn: Vasilis Express

I didn’t want to enjoy Vasilis Express; they had replaced Captain Jack’s Fish and Chips and I really enjoyed that place.  Also, it was another Greek restaurant on Elmwood which brought the total to 7 (according to my count) within a 2 mile stretch.  I absolutely love Greek food, it’s probably one of my favorite cuisines, but I don’t see myself going to 7 different restaurants every time I want a chicken slouvaki.  But, then I started seeing some decent comments from people on twitter and some friends of mine told me the food was actually pretty good.  So I gave in and decided that I’d give them a shot and here’s how it went….

The inside of the restaurant has changed, now Greek landscapes cover the walls instead of various pictures of the ocean.  There is limited seating inside, so it’s still really ideal for getting food to go and less about sitting there for a meal.  So on a lunch break, my coworker Sue and I decided to try Vasilis out.  We got off to a tricky start, there was intially some confusion about what I was ordering and our cashier kept mispronouncing Gyro (YEE-roe not JYE-roe).  I was trying to order the Vasilis Pita Gyro which says it has french fries in the wrap along with the tomato, tzatziki, onion and Gyro meat.  But they also have a Gyro Wrap which doesn’t have french fries but does have lettuce.  It’s sort of confusing but I got the right order in the end.

When I received my order, I was happy to see that the meat had been shredded pretty well and was nice and warm; it was a little saltier then I would have liked but it still had a good flavor to it.  The tzatziki was creamy with a pretty subtle cucumber flavor.  The pita was basically over flowing; consider it was less then 5 dollars you get a really good amount of food.  I had to eat about 1/3 of the meat/fries/etc with a fork before I could actually pick up the pita and eat it properly.  The fries (adding fries is an extra buck) were crispy but had that breaded taste that Burger King fries get.  Not exactly my favorite but I know some people who absolutely love it.

I wasn’t blown away from the meal but I guess I’m not as upset with Captain Jack’s leaving as I was before.  Yes, there are plenty of places to get Greek food on Elmwood but this might be the cheapest option and for people on a budget or who are looking to eat on the go, this definitely should appeal to them.  They have bagel sandwiches, a large selection of wraps, Greek dinners, burgers, etc.  They aren’t doing anything ground breaking but it’s still worth a visit.

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