By William Kristoph
Captain Pete’s House Of Gyros (Tallahassee, FL) Review
In yet another edition of places I’ve driven by hundreds of times in Tallahassee, but never stopped at to eat, let’s talk about Captain Pete’s House of Gyros. Captain Pete’s resides inside of a strip mall that’s part of a warehouse / industrial part of Tallahassee. They’re only open for lunch, and while I was waiting for my order I figured that Captain Pete was pretty smart. There was a steady influx of workers from around the area ordering Gyros and more. I waited about fifteen minutes for my order, which I figured was a good sign of fresh food to come and then made my way back home to chow down.
Is it pricey at eight dollars? Maybe a bit, but the ingredients were very fresh and the meat was very tasty. There was no gaminess to lamb, which is my worry with a typical lamb / beef Gyro. Captain Pete’s Deluxe was well seasoned, with fresh lettuce, tomato, feta and tzaztiki sauce. The pita was plenty warm with an excellent “chew factor.” My one criticism is that I wish there was a bit more meat in this Gyro. The co-stars were so plentiful that they pushed the meat into the background a bit too much for my liking. Maybe I’m just spoiled by Tallahassee’s excellent Greek Festival?
Basmati Rice with Chicken Potato Gravy. Yum! This was the unexpected pleasure of my lunch. I gobbled up a very generous serving of the rice and potatoes. I highly recommend this as the side choice if you go for the combo meal.
I first fell in love with the spinach and cheese wonder that is Spanakopita at the Tallahassee Greek Festival years ago. Usually the that cheesy goodness plus filo dough is one of my favorites. At Captain Pete’s, though, it wasn’t and I’d skip it again. To my untrained palate, the spinach and filo seemed like they were frozen. The spinach overpowered the cheese and the filo fell flat. Maybe it was just a bad day for the Spanakopita, but in the future I’ll probably skip it.
Filo dough, honey, syrup and nuts oh my! Everyone’s favorite part of Greek food is Baklava, right? Captain Pete’s gets a big thumbs up from me with their bite-sized version. It’s the perfect two-bite way to finish off a satisfying and filling lunch.
Captain Pete’s House of Gyros is another of Tallahassee’s long running local restaurants. It is definitely worth your time if you like Greek food and want a quick and flavorful lunch. Make sure you get a Gyro and definitely check out the rice for a side dish! I rated Captain Pete’s House of Gyros as “I like it” on Urbanspoon.