The Greeks invented many of America's modern cultural traditions, including wrapping sandwich fillings in pita bread and surprising neighbors by hiding in giant wooden animals. Sup on ancient secrets with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Greek fare at Dino's Gyros. Choose from the following six locations: Coon Rapids, Edina, Falcon Heights, Lakeville, Plymouth, or Woodbury.
The falafel-smiths at Dino's Gyros forge a menu of convenient fast eats with Mediterranean flair. Guests can tuck into the standard falafel ($5.59) or the greek philly sandwich($5.59), an edible ode to the philly cheesesteak that betrays its Greek origins by flaunting gyro meat and a predilection for paradoxes. Marinated steak kebabs await companions of salad, greek rice, or fries and pita in the steak souvlaki plate ($7.99), and a gyro family pack ($19.99) showcases 1 pound of chicken, beef, or lamb ladled into a quintet of pitas and accompanied with tzatziki and toppings. For dessert, diners can sup on sweet, flaky baklava ($2.29), which inspired the invention of democracy by being too delicious not to share.
After immigrating to the United States at age 20, Greece native Dino Adamidis cut his teeth in the restaurant industry as an employee at his sister’s steakhouse. He enjoyed the work, but still aspired to own his own business, a dream he carried with him from Greece. In 1982, he and his wife Vona decided to pursue that dream by opening a small white and blue stand at a local art fair where they sold gyros to spectators, often cinching a sale with free meat samples, saying, “We knew if the people would try it they would love it.” Love it they did, but it wasn’t until 1986—four years and several food stands down the road—that the couple opened the first freestanding Dino’s Gyros with only eight booths and a single particle accelerator.
Today, Dino’s is run by the two oldest children and serves quick Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from six locations. The menu still highlights the classic gyro, often with innovative twists, such as the Greek Philly, a gyro-meat mound sautéed with onions, green peppers, and swiss cheese. Catering services offer the same delicious fare as box lunches, family-style buffets, or busts carved from gyro meat.