Ok, you can tell from the title that I'm about to write some good things about Ayola. I ordered a gyros pita sandwich, which includes 'lamb and beef with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions'. You can 'make it a meal!' by adding a variation of fries and soda, so I opted to pay $3 extra for fries and diet coke. Not bad! The gyro (how do you pronounce this? I say 'jy-ro') is 7", but you can upgrade it to 9" for another dollar. I'm a sucker for these things so I opted to go big. I put special instructions to exclude the cucumber and tzatziki sauce, which is a mixture of yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, and a few other things. I'm not a big fan of yogurt in my food, so that's my explanation.
Upon opening my brown lunch bag, I unwrapped the foil from the gyro and was in awe at the size of the thing. This gyro is massive!
I immediately knew that extra dollar upgrade was unnecessary. Realizing I had a beast of a gyro to overcome, I dug in. That was when I noticed there wasn't any hot sauce I had asked for on the side, which was a disappointment. Ayola's hot sauce is a special homemade one, and it really goes great with their food, since there is no spiciness otherwise. A minor inconvenience. The lamb and beef were cooked well and tasted great. They were cut in thin strips that made them really manageable. The lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion did a great job complementing the meat. They tasted fresh and added a lot of juiciness to the gyro.
The wrap itself was soft, so great marks all around for the gyro. Munching on the fries in between bites of the gyro was nice - they had some nice light seasoning of salt and pepper. The food came hot, so the fries were nice and fresh.
I was barely able to finish the 9" gyro, and the first advice I'll give - unless you're starving, opt for the default 7". Trust me, it's more than enough, especially if you're eating fries with it. Secondly, make it clear that you want hot sauce on the side (if you're into that)! I'm not sure why it was forgotten with my order. Normally it is self-serve, so it is possible that my Postmates courier didn't know to add it himself. I really enjoyed the meal, and I undoubtedly will go to Ayola again for my Greek food cravings. If you know of any other great Greek shops in San Francisco, bring it up in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!