You shouldn't ignore the Italian dishes at Anthonino's Taverna. The pizza is better than most of the pies found on or near the Hill -- the "Sicilian," with pepperoni, red onion and roasted red peppers especially so. That said, Anthonino's Greek dishes -- and, specifically, the gyro -- are what bring me back.
The pita is grilled to a light crisp, which helps it to support a generous serving of beef and lamb with tomatoes, red onion, tzaziki sauce and (for an extra $1) feta cheese. The meat is tender and perfectly spiced, nicely balanced between lamb's distinctly bright note and beef's richness.
The tzaziki sauce imparts a mild tang to the gyro, and the feta cheese adds salt and funk. What puts this gyro over the top, though, are the slivers of raw onion, which give it a sweet, sharp kick. At $7, which includes a serving of good French fries, Anthonino's gyro is both a great meal and a great value.Anthonino's Taverna
2225 Macklind Avenue
$7 ($6 without feta)I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
Previously:#56: The Lemon Drop Cupcake at the Cup#57: Pupusas at Tres Banderas#58: Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop#59: The burger at Newstead Tower Public House#60: Quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican#61: "7th Street Sicilian" Po' Boy at Blues City Deli#62: Tamales at Taqueria la Pasadita#63: Ćevapi at Bosna Gold#64: Lemon meringue and pine nut torte at BitterSweet Bakery#65: Chile Morita con Puerco at Señor Pique#66: Soda chanh duong (sparkling lemonade) at Lemon Grass#67: Nachos grande at Nachomama's#68: Pizza with pepperoni, sausage and mushroom at Pizza-a-Go-Go#69: Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza#70: Sake (salmon) nigiri sushi at Nobu's Japanese Restaurant