Address: 316 State Street
It all began in 1972 with Greek food and the American Dream. Parthenon Gyros Restaurant is a third generation Greek family owned and operated award-winning Madison institution, making handcrafted Gyros since 1972. It all began when their parents and grandparents immigrated to the United States from Greece with only a few dollars, some centuries-old Greek family recipes and a big dream — to make it in this wonderful land of opportunity. Their passion for delicious and simple made-from-scratch Greek food naturally led them into restaurants where they worked tirelessly year after year, eventually paving the way to the famous Parthenon Gyros. Parthenon was the first to bring the Gyro (pronounced YEER-o) to the great state of Wisconsin and they’re proud to be one of the only Gyro restaurants left in the country to still make their own Gyros (and sauce) entirely by hand from simple ingredients. It’s the real deal, folks — no fillers, no preservatives, no chemicals — just real food done right! To make their delicious handcrafted Gyros, we grind whole cuts of premium beef and lamb and mix in simple, natural spices (they even grind our own peppercorn!). They then form their Gyros into their classic cones, which slowly rotate on their rotisserie fire grills until the meat is seared to sizzling perfection. Then they slice it off in thin, juicy layers, pile it high on grilled pita bread and top off the deliciousness with fresh sliced onions, tomatoes, and their mouthwatering, house-made tzatziki sauce, which they still make the old-fashioned way, by crafting their very own Greek yogurt and adding cucumbers, lemon, and garlic. Today, Erin & Dimitri are proud to be the third generation to continue their family legacy at Parthenon Gyros. They're forever grateful to the millions of Parthenon fans who have embraced them wholeheartedly for all these years and who inspire them to continue to serve the best homemade, iconic Gyros in the country!