If you frequently step out of Heine Bros. Coffee on Frankfort Avenue feeling a hearty hunger that the coffee shopâ€™s pastries, bagels and vegan goodies simply canâ€™t fill, youâ€™ll be delighted to know that you can get a gyro in the neighborhood again.
The little storefront next door to Heineâ€™s had been vacant since Itâ€™s All Greek To Me packed up its famous â€œBest Gyros in the Entire Worldâ€ signs and moved out in the middle of a hot summer night a year ago in June.
Now its landlord, who operated Cafe GlacÃ© next door a few years ago and later opened the short-lived Caspian Grill on Bardstown Road, has resurrected Caspian Grill in this small, colorfully decorated space.
The menu offers a good selection of Persian delights (and a few Greek goodies)Â at affordable prices. Apps, soups, salads and sandwiches range in price from $2.50 (for hummus or fries) to $5.50 (for a beef or black bean veggie burger). Eight entrees are $5.95 (for a chicken, lamb or veggie kabob) to $15.95 (for a lamb kabob).
We started with appetizer portions of Iranian eggplant ($3.50), grilled and mashed with onion, garlic, mint and walnuts, and a simple, fresh Shirazi salad ($2.50) of diced tomato, cucumber and onion with mint.
The gyro ($4.95) was simple, a generous portion of thin-sliced lamb and beefÂ gyro meat with a dab of tzatziki sauce and diced lettuce and tomato tucked into a warm pita. It was good, although the meat was a bit salty, and we wouldnâ€™t have minded a little more tzatziki.
The falafel ($4.95) was excellent: Four crisp, golden-brown founds of fried chickpea batter, tinted green with parsley, were arranged on a warm pita and topped with dollops of sour cream and diced salad veggies.
With a couple of small dishes of house-made gelato ($2.75) to finish, the tab was about $24, plus $5 for the tip jar.
2716 Frankfort Ave.Â