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Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days

Price: $$

Quick-service restaurant featuring gyros, the real kind.

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Ever since John Garlic, a Jewish entrepreneur from Milwaukee, fathered the mass-produced gyro cone, it's been difficult to find a gyro sandwich made from real meat. But now there's an excellent option in Wicker Park's Covo Gyro Market, from the folks who own the "eco-friendly" minichain Prasino. Covo's big selling point is that it's using not just real meat, but all-natural lamb, beef, chicken, and pork, marinated and hand stacked on a half-dozen vertical broilers. The sandwiches are constructed before your very eyes, the pita toasted while the meat's shaved from the spindle and dressed with your choice of tzatziki or a spicy house sauce and about a dozen condiments. Compared to your standard fast-food gyro, it's a moderately sized munch for $7, but the quality is apparent: the lamb and beef have the ideal amalgamation of crispy charred bits and juicy interior muscle, and the pork is treated with equal love, marinated in apple cider and brown sugar. The rotating, mostly vegetarian sides—roasted eggplant, hummus, Israeli couscous, etc—are pretty well done too, any one of them a good gamble at $3 per scoop. There's Goose Island beer and couples of wines on tap (including a crisp Greek white on my visit), and the thick-cut, double-fried French fries are worth ordering on their own.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$

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