Kronos Products, a supplier of gyros and gyro accessories in the Midwest, recently held a free gyro day to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.  Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of it ahead of time, or I would’ve informed you all.  Anyway, I swung by my local gyro joint, Pop’s Italian Beef, to pick one up.  I’d had Pop’s signature sandwich before, but I felt the time was right to review the gyro, since it’s a pretty standard sandwich.

FREE!! FREE FOR YOU AND ME!!!

The gyro is a traditional greek sandwich consisting of gyro meat (generally a mix of beef and lamb), tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce, served on a pita.  The Pop’s gyro was delicious.  It was packed with meat, the tomatoes were fresh, and the pita was just the right temperature.  It was also quite large, big enough to be a meal by itself, without any sides.  A regular gyro usually runs around $5 at Pop’s, a great deal for a great sandwich.

P.S.  In the future, I will try to be more vigilant when searching for free sandwich deals.  If anyone finds any, be sure to post them in the comments section.

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Sorry for the brief hiatus, I was on vacation.  However, on my vacation I stopped by Halo Burger, a Michigan fast food chain selling burgers, fries, and the usual fast food fare, as well as more specialized offerings like chili cheese fries.  It has a number of locations, mostly in the Flint area.  The one I visited was their Birch Run location, for anyone who’s curious.

The Q.P., with fries and a drink.

The Q.P., Halo Burger’s signature quarter pound burger, comes with a ton of toppings, including lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles, but the most distinctive element is the inclusion of green olives.  The olives add an interesting, slightly bitter taste to the burger not found elsewhere.  The patty itself was also large and high-quality.  All the ingredients were fresh and generously portioned.  Definitely a worthwhile burger, featuring old standbys mixed with an interesting new ingredient.

Most of Halo Burger’s combos run for around $5, which is a pretty good deal given the high quality.  I’d definitely recommend Halo Burger to anyone who happens to be passing through Michigan.

Potbelly Sandwich Works is a medium-sized sandwich chain which serves toasted sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts.  Think of it like a smaller Subway, but with more personality.They offer a number of different sandwiches, with a pleasant but not overwhelming level off customization.  I decided to go with one of their “skinny” sandwiches (about 1/3 less bread), the mushroom melt.

The webcomic collection doesn't come with the meal, unfortunately.

The mushroom melt comes with mushrooms and provolone, swiss, and american cheeses.  It was simple, but pretty tasty.  Potbelly offers a number of toppings, including lettuce, tomato, onions, etc. as well as mustard, mayo, and other sauces.  If I were to order it again I might add onions or hot peppers to give it more variety, but as it stood the sandwich was quite satisfying.  It also wasn’t too expensive.  Most sandwiches are between $4.00-$5.50, and even with the drink my meal was under six dollars.  I’d definitely recommend Potbelly for your next sandwich lunch.  It may not have to variety of Subway or Quiznos, but it more than makes up for it with its charming atmosphere.

I’d like to draw your attention to Burger King’s website, specifically the menu and nutrition section.  It allows you to design your meal, with any additions, subtractions, or replacements, and it then tells you the nutritional info.  It’s part of their whole “Have it your way” ideology.  It’s a nice service to have, especially if you’re counting calories.  However, the biggest draw for me is the ridiculous amount of options and ways to combine them available on the site.  You can put nearly everything on every sandwich, almost nothing is off-limits.  I’ve listed a few of my favorites below (the names are my own, unfortunately there’s not option to name and save your creations).

This is the Surf and Turf, a sandwich made up of a Steakhouse XT patty, a fish fillet, lettuce, and tartar and steak sauce.

Next up we have the Mega Meat, in which I just threw on every meat option available.

Finally, the creation I’m most proud of, The Puddle of Ketchup.  Minimalism at its best.

According to the site, it’s possible to print out the recipe you create and redeem it in person, but it warns that not every BK location is guaranteed to have every item.  It also mentions that the price will vary based on the ingredients.  I’d be interested to hear if anyone has ever tried this.  Also, if anyone comes up with their own masterpieces, be sure to post the recipe in the comments section.

I’m thinking about branching out a bit in my reviews, and I wanna know what you, my faithful readers, would be interested in reading about.  Here’s the options:

Breakfast.  In addition to breakfast options at places like McDonald’s, Subway, or Burger King, I could also hit coffee shops like Tim Horton’s or Starbucks.

Mexican.  Mexican-themed franchises, like Chipotle or Qdoba (and yes, Taco Bell).  I would be reviewing tacos, burritos, and other sandwich-like meals (so, no nachos or anything).

Local Fare.  Local (Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and other places I visit) restaurants and specialties.  Ideas include Blimpy Burger and Zingerman’s, and I’d obviously be open to suggestions.

These reviews would be interspersed between the usual posts regarding burgers, subs, news and what have you.  Please vote in the poll, and leave any questions, comments, or concerns in the comment section.  Thanks!!!