I’m technically a student at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, but I attend all of my classes in my pajamas at home a good hour away from campus. I get all of the stress of the college experience, without all of the fun experiences. So when I had to pick up a book for a class at a print shop off of campus I drug the family with and went to the UWM spot for late night grub. Of course I’m talking about Oakland Gyros.
These gyros have quite the reputation, and I’m sure they taste even better (if that’s possible) at 2 AM when you’ve hit the “I need to sleep, but I’d rather eat myself into oblivion” stage of drunk.
Oakland Gyros is your typical family run restaurant, one of those places where the decor hasn’t changed in decades and doesn’t need to, because the food speaks for itself.
Walk up and order from the counter and find yourself a booth while you wait for your food. The booths have giant bottles of tzatziki sauce on them so you can use as much as little as you’d like.
We had the Gyro Original Platter ($8.19 Gyro platter with a side of fries) it’s enough to share, you can’t actually make a gyro until you’ve eaten half of the toppings with a fork, because it’s piled so high, a great problem to have. You could also order an extra pita if you want to make more than one gyro.
We also had a gyro sandwich ($5.49) it’s just a slightly smaller portion without the fries. The gyro platter and sandwich happened to be the perfect amount of food for a family of three to share.
I’m so glad we stopped in to this must-try college food spot. I can see why everyone labels this as a must-stop for anyone who visits Milwaukee, they really are perfect authentic Greek gyros. I would recommend not making plans after you visit Oakland Gyros though, between the onions and lamb, that smell stuck with us in our clothes for the rest of the day making for the most awkward and smelly visit to the public museum.
Want the real college experience? Make sure to check out Oakland Gyros at 2867 N Oakland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211. What type of restaurant did you have on your college campus for those late late nights?