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(Covid Update Dec 2021 – in business) Gyro Express opened in late February, 2015 on East State Street, just east of Warren, plunking itself firmly in the center of downtown Trenton. It’s run by two Afghani brothers: Omar, the younger brother, who immigrated to the US as a small boy and attended Ryder University, and Abass, the elder, who grew up in Afghanistan and immigrated recently.
Gyro Express is a small, immaculately clean take-out joint with a straight-forward menu: chicken or lamb gyros, or felafel, which you can have prepared as a salad platter, on top of Basmati rice, or in a sandwich. You can also get Samosas (which aren’t homemade, but are quite good despite that), and baklava pastry for dessert.
Gyro Express makes a nice sandwich. The pita is dense and chewy and nicely grilled. The felafel is green, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The salad fixings are pretty basic (chopped lettuce, cucumbers, tomatos).
All items are dressed with a thick, flavorful, homemade yogurt sauce. No vegan alternative is currently available, so we’ve tagged the restaurant Veggie Friendly, but not Vegan Friendly (though a vegan could certainly eat the felafel or samosa without dressing).
Compared to some post-modern felafel shops, it’s pretty simple. I, for one, would love to see them offer a tahini dressing in addition to a yogurt-based one. Many similar shops offer various pickles and condiments, as well as the option to add baba ganoush or hummos. Currently Gryro doesn’t do that (they’re not on the menu), but perhaps they will in the future (the two brothers are quite amiable, and seem willing to listen to their customers). Compared to say, Jahan Kabob & Grill in Morrisville, it’s a much smaller restaurant, and has a more limited menu.
That said, Gyro Express is already a nice addition to existing downtown, take-out lunch options (filling a vacuum that the Trenton Kabob House left when it closed). There is a small counter where you can eat-in if you’d like, or you could sneak it into the food court across the street if you really need a place to sit down for a while. Currently, it’s open only M-F, and closes at 5 PM. So, if you want dinner, you’ll have to duck out early and take it home.