I love gyros, and I've tried many throughout the Valley (friends and I really like Firehouse), but I've absolutely settled on a favorite. Panos on Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys is a drab, faded dive, and serves the best gyros sandwich I've had, period. A huge amount of well-seasoned meat (beef and lamb mixture) slathered in fantastic dill-cucumber tzatziki, wrapped in a grill-toasted pita. I order w/o onions. It's sloppy, a bit greasy, and explodes with flavor. The toasted pita tastes like pita chips, and I mean that in a good way. It comes double-wrapped in foil and paper, but you have to eat it at a table, because there will be drippage. Delicious drippage.
And it's only $5.25.
As much as I don't want to start standing in huge lines, they deserve the business. If you're in the Valley, go there. Your mouth will be happy. One caveat: there are no posted hours. They're always open Mon.-Sat. for lunch, and closed Sundays. I think they close in the evening when business starts tapering off, so you have to call and make sure they're open. I've walked up to a locked door in the 8:00 hour.
Panos Char Broiler
16045 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91406