There are lots of places office workers can visit for perspective on what it means to hustle for a living, but there may be no better example than watching a deli operate in the middle of weekday lunch. Mind you, this is not the “coffee is for closers” hustle, but head-down concentration, the act of plowing though work until the tide turns and it’s safe to raise your head above water.
Sure, we all experience periods of frantic work in our own lives, but for the kitchen at SoCo's Gyros & Deli in South County, the onslaught happens daily, and it is a sight to watch.
The action centers on a pair of vertical spits, where gyro meat - a combination of beef and lamb - slowly roasts before being sliced off into ribbons and shuffled over to a flat top for a final crisping. After a moment or two on the grill, the gyro is loaded into a warm oiled pita and topped with tomato, raw onion, lettuce and cucumber sauce. For a change, opt for the addition of grilled onions and hot peppers, which are tailor-made for the spice of gyro meat while contrasting with cool cucumber. Looking for all the flavor of a traditional gyro without all the calories? SoCo's prepares a chicken gyro - sections of marinated and grilled chicken breast - that is every bit as satisfying as its beef and lamb counterpart.
The challenge, once you have a SoCo gyro in hand, is to not inhale it completely before coming up for air. Between the gyro and the infectious and industrious vibe of the place, I doubt you’ll be able to.
SoCo's Gyros & Deli, 5530 South Lindbergh Blvd., 314.843.7600