Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

From “meh” to “yay”

Troy’s Greek is better the second time around

Chicken souvlaki lunch special
Chicken souvlaki lunch special
Place

Troy’s Greek Restaurant

10450 Friars Road, San Diego

The first time David and I had lunch at Troy’s Greek Restaurant, we didn’t love it. We didn’t hate it either. The lunch specials were reasonable. I got a plentiful plate of chicken souvlaki (chicken kabob) with Greek salad, rice pilaf, tzatziki, and pita bread for $8.95. David ordered the beef version for the same price. He wasn’t disappointed — that would be too strong a word for it. It was more like he was unimpressed. He thought the tzatziki needed garlic because it was too bland as it was. I had to agree, though my suggestion would have been for more cucumber or dill. We enjoyed the char and seasoning of our respective meats, but we agreed the rice and carrots were unremarkable.

Relaxing, casual-but-nice décor
Simple but flavorful gyro
Pastitsio, with the thickest béchamel
Gyro salad, with a generous portion of meat

Still, I really enjoyed the Greek salad — a classic American-Greek version with iceberg lettuce, ripe tomatoes, huge hunks of cucumber, slivers of red onion and bell pepper, kalamata olives, and a generous amount of fresh feta, all covered with a brightly seasoned creamy Greek dressing.

As we were paying up, we figured it couldn’t hurt to fill in our birthdays and email addresses on the little form that was provided. I’m glad we did, because it was the birthday coupons we received via email months later that brought us back. We figured, hey, free meal (of up to $10 with the purchase of another entrée of $10 or more), let’s give this place another try.

It was on our second visit that we took more time to appreciate the décor, the murals on the wall, the white tablecloths, and the flowers on each table. I went for the gyro this time and asked to upgrade the side salad to the Greek salad in lieu of fries. I really dig the gyro meat at Troy’s. It’s nice and lean, with crisped edges and a tender and juicy center from having been slow-cooked. It’s the classic mixture of lamb and beef, and it’s seasoned so well I ended up eating much of it with a fork, just by itself. As far as gyros go, I would prefer for this one to have had more stuff in it, such as cucumber slices and feta, but with the salad I ordered I was able to build my own ideal version.

David started his lunch with a cup of avgolemono, or lemon rice soup. It was tart and savory, a new and slightly odd flavor combination for me, but David enjoyed it enough to clean his plate with a piece of pita. For his entrée, he went with the Pastitsio ($12.95), a baked casserole with macaroni and sautéed ground beef topped with béchamel sauce. Only this “sauce” was more like creamy dough. David would have preferred more of the bottom and less of the top, but nevertheless it was packed with flavor and so rich that he ended up bringing the other half home in a box to enjoy later.

After being lured back a few times with the promise of a good discount and experiencing several satisfying lunches with friendly service and a quaint, “on the nicer side” Greek restaurant, we are now sort-of regulars. We even have a go-to order, the gyro salad ($10.95), which is a large Greek salad topped with that tasty gyro meat, plus a side of pita. With all these fixings, I’m able to build a bunch of mini gyros, just the way I like them.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The Longview Manor estate built by Ralph Hurlburt

He designed dozens of distinctive houses from Point Loma to Kensington to La Mesa
Next Article

Oceanside Film Festival goes virtual

The Devil’s Road: A Baja Adventure, Bess Myerson: The One and Only Jewish Miss America, Becoming Lola
Chicken souvlaki lunch special
Chicken souvlaki lunch special
Place

Troy’s Greek Restaurant

10450 Friars Road, San Diego

The first time David and I had lunch at Troy’s Greek Restaurant, we didn’t love it. We didn’t hate it either. The lunch specials were reasonable. I got a plentiful plate of chicken souvlaki (chicken kabob) with Greek salad, rice pilaf, tzatziki, and pita bread for $8.95. David ordered the beef version for the same price. He wasn’t disappointed — that would be too strong a word for it. It was more like he was unimpressed. He thought the tzatziki needed garlic because it was too bland as it was. I had to agree, though my suggestion would have been for more cucumber or dill. We enjoyed the char and seasoning of our respective meats, but we agreed the rice and carrots were unremarkable.

Relaxing, casual-but-nice décor
Simple but flavorful gyro
Pastitsio, with the thickest béchamel
Gyro salad, with a generous portion of meat

Still, I really enjoyed the Greek salad — a classic American-Greek version with iceberg lettuce, ripe tomatoes, huge hunks of cucumber, slivers of red onion and bell pepper, kalamata olives, and a generous amount of fresh feta, all covered with a brightly seasoned creamy Greek dressing.

As we were paying up, we figured it couldn’t hurt to fill in our birthdays and email addresses on the little form that was provided. I’m glad we did, because it was the birthday coupons we received via email months later that brought us back. We figured, hey, free meal (of up to $10 with the purchase of another entrée of $10 or more), let’s give this place another try.

It was on our second visit that we took more time to appreciate the décor, the murals on the wall, the white tablecloths, and the flowers on each table. I went for the gyro this time and asked to upgrade the side salad to the Greek salad in lieu of fries. I really dig the gyro meat at Troy’s. It’s nice and lean, with crisped edges and a tender and juicy center from having been slow-cooked. It’s the classic mixture of lamb and beef, and it’s seasoned so well I ended up eating much of it with a fork, just by itself. As far as gyros go, I would prefer for this one to have had more stuff in it, such as cucumber slices and feta, but with the salad I ordered I was able to build my own ideal version.

David started his lunch with a cup of avgolemono, or lemon rice soup. It was tart and savory, a new and slightly odd flavor combination for me, but David enjoyed it enough to clean his plate with a piece of pita. For his entrée, he went with the Pastitsio ($12.95), a baked casserole with macaroni and sautéed ground beef topped with béchamel sauce. Only this “sauce” was more like creamy dough. David would have preferred more of the bottom and less of the top, but nevertheless it was packed with flavor and so rich that he ended up bringing the other half home in a box to enjoy later.

After being lured back a few times with the promise of a good discount and experiencing several satisfying lunches with friendly service and a quaint, “on the nicer side” Greek restaurant, we are now sort-of regulars. We even have a go-to order, the gyro salad ($10.95), which is a large Greek salad topped with that tasty gyro meat, plus a side of pita. With all these fixings, I’m able to build a bunch of mini gyros, just the way I like them.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Discovering Sunnyboy Biscuit Company

Made available just before the pandemic, these are biscuits worth looking for
Next Article

Make a wedding-and-wine statement from Nordstrom Rack and Schutz

Report from the land of brand whores
Comments
2

Actually, this place is below Allied Gardens. It is located in Grantville.

Feb. 27, 2016

Troy's has been there a long time. It's worth checking out their Sunday brunch. They have American breakfast stuff like eggs, French toast, bacon, sausages... and also gyro meat, salad, and other Greek specialties.

Feb. 27, 2016

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close