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What About Kabob

What About Kabob

TYLER- With a name like “What About Kabob” you can’t help but wonder, “What about it?” MYETX usually looks for southern-style diners and dives on the road, but this time we decided to try something untraditional in East Texas. While the Pineywoods is not known for serving up Greek dishes, What About Kabob in Tyler proved to be a rare gyro-gem that we can’t wait to visit again!

Photo by Melissa Firmin

Having never dined at a Greek eatery before our team had no idea what to order. The woman behind the counter recommended the Original Gyro, along with pita chips and hummus. She was spot on because the combination was enough to hook us and have us shouting from the rooftops about the coolest place in Tyler to grab some Greek grub.


The Original Gyro came on a fresh, warm whole pita and was loaded with vertically carved beef and lamb, lettuce, red onions and tomatoes with a tasty, tangy sauce. It was amazing! We give it two thumbs up.

The pita chips and hummus were also a new adventure for our team. Hummus is smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita. While chips and salsa are generally the appetizer of choice in East Texas, this was a pleasant change, and one we can’t wait to sink our teeth into again!

What exactly is a gyro? A gyro is an American-Greek sandwich. Most food historians generally agree the name “gyro” and the current sandwich are both recent inventions originating in New York during the early 1970s. Gyros, as we know them today, are thought to have evolved from the traditional “Doner Kebab” of Turkey. Some Greek historians believe that the dish originated during Alexander The Great’s time, when his soldiers used their long knives to skewer meat and kept turning the meat over fires.

Gyro is probably the most often mispronounced food name. Even its fans usually do not get the pronounced correctly – whether it is mispronounced as “jee-rohs,” “jai-rohs,” “gee-rohs,” The correct Greek pronunciation is “yee-rohs.”  The varied names have geographical origins from different peoples’ languages.

If you are in Tyler and you have a stomach, swing by What About Kabob and put a gyro in it! We did! You won’t regret it.

What About Kabob is located at 713 W.S.W Loop 323 River Oaks Plaza, in Tyler, Texas.

Hour of Operation:

Monday- 11a.m.-2p.m.

Tuesday-Saturday- 11a.m.-7:30p.m.

Sunday- CLOSED


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