Tarpon Springs, Florida is as Greek as it gets in the United States with such a concentration of Greek-Americans tied to the homeland – and their food came with them, with some variations.
Once you get past potato salad at the bottom of a horiataki salad that isn’t done in Greece, there’s a connection otherwise, and it’s in one of the most traditional foods – the simple gyro.
“The most extreme difference between a typical thing you’re going to find anywhere (in America) at a Greek place and Tarpon, is the staples, a gyro or souvlaki,” Panayotis League, who spent part of his childhood there, said.
He told Southern Living his favorite gyro can be found at The Limani. “I’ve never had a better sandwich in the U.S.” he raves. “Their gyro rivals anything I’ve had in Greece… The fries are the secret weapon because (Greeks) put them inside the sandwich,” League explained, along with the meat, onions, tomato, and tzatziki.
“The fries have to be cooked evenly and really crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside, and they do it perfectly every time,” League said.