769 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Tarpon Springs
Forty-five years this place has been here, a stalwart and casual space with gyro rotisseries lined up across the windows out front. Claude and Christopher Droses and Arthur Sutula lead the show. And that show involves gyros. Why are gyros the thing here? They make the gyro meat themselves. This is rare: Stainless-steel molds are packed with a blend of beef and lamb and spices, then frozen for 48 hours. A little warm water on the outside of the mold allows the meat inside to be popped out, then the roll is fitted onto the rotisserie and it begins turning against the flame. (Most restaurants resort to commercial gyros out of Chicago, which often contain fillers.) Plaka is also known for its lamb shanks and rack of lamb, but do yourself a favor and try a homemade gyro sandwich.