The Bright Red Hope: New Gyro Food Stand Opens at McKinley Park

By Jimmy Spencer, Editor

I love how midtown’s dining community acts like a middle school class.

Each time a new kid enters the fray, curiosity takes over and, like nosey young teens, everyone wants to get to know this newbie.

I first started seeing this new kid on my routine drive past McKinley Park. A bright red beacon appeared just alongside the pond there on G Street and Alhambra Blvd.

The new food stand, Gyro 2 Go, offers gyro wraps and more at a cheap price. Taxes are included on each meal, so you can get a gyro wrap and a soda with a $5 bill (and it is cash only so go prepared).

Here’s the good news: It’s delicious.

So far, I have only tried the beef and lamb gyro with all the fixings – including those lovely Mediterranean spices, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, hot sauce and that tremendous cucumber sauce (Tzatziki).

It’s got good size too so you’ll be full. Wrapped up in foil it nearly rivals a Chipotle burrito.

The owner, Jay, said that Sacramento’s Parks and Recreation Department pushed the city to allow different vendors to begin popping up in city parks. Of all the applications, Jay’s Gyro 2 Go was selected to be the first in McKinley Park.

If it’s successful, there could be more.

Check it out, enjoy and let me know what you think. Tell Jay that sent you and maybe he’ll give you a free water or something.

Gyro 2 Go
Alhambra Blvd. and G Street

Jimmy Spencer can be reached at or on Twitter @jimmypspencer

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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