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Event Tue Sep 01 2009

Free Gyros Day!

Free Gyros Day @ Mangi'sMangi's Fast Foods in North Center was one of the 44 Chicagoland restaurants participating in Kronos Foods' Free Gyros Day today. It happens to be the closest one to the Gapers Block office, so I printed out my coupon and headed down.

I was a little worried about whether I'd score free gyros after reading on Twitter about at least one Loop location running out before noon. Fortunately, Mangi's is remote enough that I needn't worry; I only waited about 20 minutes for my order. Still, at 12:30pm the line stretched out the door and to the alley, prompting more than one person to compare it to Hot Doug's -- probably the only time in Mangi's existence that's happened. I asked the cashier if they'd gotten many orders for anything other than gyros today. "Not much," she replied. "We've sold a lot of fries and drinks!"

The gyros were as good as ever, though not quite as crispy as I personally like. I figure that's a symptom of how quickly Mangi's was going through cones to gyro meat.

Did you manage to get a free gyros? What was the scene like where you went?

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M Holl / September 1, 2009 3:45 PM

I got mine at the Kronos 'Cafe' at the Lake Forest Oasis -- thanks for the heads-up! I was the only person in line around 2 PM, but the guy at the counter described the scene earlier in the day as chaotic.

JD Churchill / September 2, 2009 3:10 PM

went around 2:30 and it was too long a line. came back around 3:30 to find they were telling people they had run out of gyros. this was at jackson/western. shoulda gone earlier i guess

LaShawn Williams / September 9, 2009 5:59 PM

I sure hate I missed this!! :)

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