Cheap Eats 2010: Plaka Grill

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: The best gyro around—an authentically Greek fistful of crisp-edged roast pork, tzatziki, sliced red onion, and hand-cut French fries rolled up in a fresh round of pita. And the rest of the cooking will put you in mind of fancier digs.

What to get: Greek gyro; tangy avgolemono soup; excellent dips, including taramasalata, a fluffy whip of mullet roe and olive oil; rotisserie chicken with herbs and fresh lemon.

Best for: A grab-and-go lunch or a carryout dinner.

Insider tip: Two gyros are on the menu—order the Greek version or you’ll wind up with the forgettable one made with pressed lamb.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.