April 5th, 2011

Yia-Yia’s Roadster Grill: The Gyro Hero

In 6 Words: Greek, American, Tzatziki, Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives

Sunday afternoons are meant for convertible drives down the pacific coast highway, shady hammock naps or barefoot strolls on the beach. Unfortunately, often times real life gets in the way and Sunday afternoons are spent running errands, digging gardens or tarring roofs. This past Sunday, with our refrigerator barren, a much needed trip to the grocery store took the place of any Sunday Funday activities we might have preferred.


As any accomplished Supermarket Sweep contestant will tell you, the key to a proper grocery store expedition is to go on a full stomach. Herein lies the issue. If your pantry is barren, what can you eat before heading off to pick up your wares? For my girlfriend and I, our quest for a full stomach took us to Yia Yia’s Roadster Grill in Bellaire, and am I glad it did.


Yia-Yia’s Roadster Grill, which puts an old Taco Bell to good use, is a popular lunch spot in Bellaire that is begging to be featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” It is not fancy, but it’s food puts many other lunch spots to shame. Melding Greek food with your typical American fast food offerings, Yia Yia’s menu is a bit out of the ordinary, but offers a welcome respite from your typical burger joints. If you want a burger, you can’t go wrong, but if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you’ll fall in love with their Greek food.


I’m convinced that the gyros at Roadster’s are the best in the city. The meat, crisped just so, is succulent and tasty. The tzatziki is cool and refreshing and the pita bread is hot and fresh. As I’m not a big fan of healthy eating, I forgo the usual vegetables and sprinkle on some feta cheese. Put together like this, the act of biting into a Roadster gyro is a transcendent experience.


The only problem I have at Yia Yia’s is deciding what to order. The gyro’s are so amazing, I crave them that every time I venture to the Roadster Grill; I have a hard time trying anything else. My girlfriend swears by their burgers, but I’ve raved about the gyros so much that she’s started to order them as well. Her comment on our trip this past Sunday was that we needed to plan Roadster trips more often so she could order more of the items on the menu. While we might have to make Yia Yia’s Roadster Grill a weekly stop, I’m pretty confident that my gyro order wont change.


Where – Bellaire – 5210 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX 77401 (Google Map)
– Mediterranean and American Cuisine
Wear – Come as you are
How Much – The best of values
Hours – Lunch and Dinner
Web – We got nothing…

— Marc


Bite Me Houston — Tuesday, April 5, 2011 4:08 pm

I have yet to try Yia-Yia’s Roadster Grill but I believe you gotta have a gyro at One’s A Meal for a true gyro fix. Those things will make you have wet dreams at night!

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