Gyros Kerkyra

Budapest residents have a weird fixation with gyros. To appreciate this, all you need to do is roam around downtown and start counting the gyro joints you pass. Within a few blocks, I'm fairly certain, you'll get to half a dozen or so. These painfully overlit places are known for their low prices and unremarkable food offerings—they serve the type of gyros that are best relegated to late-night nourishment after a long evening of drinking.

Gyros Kerkyra, however, is one of the few shining stars in Budapest's dismal gyro universe. While they also serve bifteki (ground veal patty) and souvlaki (grilled chicken and pork skewers), the classic chicken gyro is the knockout here (€3). The soft pita arrives chock-full of shimmering slices of chicken fresh off the rotisserie, tzatziki, spicy feta sauce, creamy carrot salad, and fries. Beer and wine are also available.

Try to visit Gyros Kerkyra outside of peak lunch or dinner hours to avoid the lines, which can stretch outside the building. After your meal, use our District 6 guide to discover the neighborhood.

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