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The Golden Fleece Our Favorite Spot for Detroit’s Best Gyros (Is It Yours, Too?)

The Golden Fleece

525 Monroe St, 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
  • Cards Accepted
  • Hours: Mon 11AM - 1AM
    Tues 11AM - 1AM
    Wed 11AM - 1AM
    Thurs 11AM - 1AM
    Fri 11AM - 3AM
    Sat 11AM - 3AM
    Sun 11AM - 1AM
  • Social: FACEBOOK | GOOGLE+
  • Phone: 313.962.7093

Tags: dinner, greek, lunch, mediterranean, downtown, weekend hours, free wi-fi, Greektown, late nights, gyros, Golden Fleece, open kitchen

In Greek mythology, the golden fleece was a golden-haired, winged ram sought by the hero Jason and his band of Argonauts. Today, it represents the gyro holy grail: a tender, perfectly seasoned cut of lamb sandwiched between a soft, fluffy pita. But this Golden Fleece is no myth. You’ll find it in Greektown, and it serves up Detroit’s best gyros.

Golden Fleece is owned and operated by the Dionysopoulos family, who has been making their gyros the same way since 1971. This is the only restaurant in Detroit serving gyros made with 100% lamb meat. It’s the place we always bring out-of-towners who want an authentic taste of Detroit.

Diners and passersby have front row views of the lamb and chicken roasting on a spit in the tiny open kitchen near the restaurant’s entrance. One glance at the juicy, glistening meats through the front window is enough to bring you in from the street. The humble interior has densely packed tables that run the length of the restaurant.

Portions are generous. Your gyro will come piled high with warm lamb fresh off the spit, topped with tzatziki sauce, onions and tomato. If you ask for an extra pita, you would have plenty of meat to make two sandwiches (tomorrow’s lunch: done).

Dishes like souvlaki, Greek and octopus salads, saganaki, shish kebob, and Greek sausage round out the offerings. There’s also a selection of beer, wine and chilled ouzo, a Greek aperitif that tastes vaguely like black liquorice.

Loyal regulars have been flocking to this diner for decades, and there is a contingent of sports fans who insist it’s the only place to go before a Tigers or Wings game. One taste of Golden Fleece’s juicy, authentic gyros and you’ll understand why.

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