Simos Diner (5004 North Shepherd) is one of my favorite spots in all of Houston. The place has a tremendous amount of character, a group of loyal regulars and, of course, solid food. They offer a variety of entrees on the steam table, but my visits tend to center around ordering the gyro with fries off the sit-down menu.
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And speaking of the menu, I try my best never to accept one at Simos. It's almost like a sign of disgrace. The best, most dedicated customers know what they want, and really don't have time scanning something they already know by heart.
Within a few minutes, the standard gyro comes out. Is this an earth-shattering gyro? No. Is it even in the top five in Houston? Probably not. But it's consistently good, fresh, and has everything you look for in a traditional gyro--fresh bread, tzatziki sauce, meat, tomatoes, and raw onions. I'll scoop out a few of the onions because too many can be a little overpowering. The rest of my time is spent dipping each bite into ketchup.