I was in Savannah and in the mood for a Middle Eastern gyro. I saw a Greek place down along River Street but they wanted $13 for a gyro sandwich.Sorry but thats way too much for a gyro. Whatsmore, I really don't like the sour cream and dill sauce that Greeks put one their version of the gyro. I prefer a gyro with tahini.
So where can I find a Middle Eastern style gyro in Savannah. Tripadvisor to the rescue. I see a place called Al Salaam Deli on Habersham Street that has received numerous good reviews. I decide to go check them out.
The area of Savannah where Al Salaam Deli is located has much to be desired but seems safe enough. I pull up in front of a little nondescript building and park. I go inside and I am the only patron. The owner greets me and I order a gyro with Tahini sauce. I decide to eat there and chit chat with the owner while I am waiting for my sandwich. Total damage for the gyro was $6.99
The interior is tiny but interesting. On one wall are about a hundred old National Geographic covers that have been made into a mural. There is only 1 table to speak of and a long funky looking couch with a table in front of that. Real intimate. After much anticipation my gyro appears and I go to town on it. Great sandwich.
So things are slow and eventually the owner comes over and introduces himself. His name was difficult and sounded Scottish. Mc something or other. We extend mutual greetings and proceed to get to know each other. The gentleman was from Jordan originally and has owned Al Salaam Deli for 28 years. He is a very intelligent well-spoken worldly man. We had a great conversation of everything under the sun including politics and religion as I had baklava for desert. The baklava was outstanding and a nice finish to my meal.
If you have never had a gyro with tahini I strongly urge you try one out. This is certainly the place in Savannah if you want to do that. Great people and great food.