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Middle-eastern in Providence

sprinklez | Feb 15, 200809:34 AM

http://www.esquire.com/features/food-... .. esquire names east side pockets as best gyro

east side pockets. i went, i ate, i was disappointed. for all the hype about ESP, i expected one of the best gyros i've ever eaten. instead, the gyro reminded me of my college's caf's lame attempt to be multicultural. i know there's a lot of debate over what a great gyro consists of, but ESP's was far from being anything close to great! I guess their food could be good if I was a drunken college student, which is perhaps the clientele of Thayer St, but I would never ever consider their food to ranked as the best gyro in the nation.

for one, the hot sauce they used was ketchupy and sweet. I expected the dry fire i experienced at a turkish place in Queens. their pita was cold and chewy, a far distance from Hartford's Tangiers, run by a Lebanese family, that grills their pita and lamb together. their lamb... chewy! not the tender, flavorful lamb like Tangiers. I even prefer Hope St Pizza's gyro over ESP..

I've been disappointed by the Middle-eastern fare offerings in Providence. I've trekked to Pawtucket's Shish Kabob Palace -- which has potential if the owner would put a little bit more effort into his food. It is always empty and the owner gruffs at you when you ask about your food order. Where can a girl go to get great gyros, perhaps some freshly made hummus and baba ganoush, or even a great shawarma -- don't say Bilbos (sp?) on Thayer! anything a long the lines of Mamoud's in New Haven?

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