If you had to design Region cuisine, pierogis wouldn't be the only main entree on the list. You can't leave out the close runner-up: the gyro.
Almost every city and town in Northwest Indiana has a restaurant that serves the dish. But if you ask the workers how they pronounce it, they'll give you mixed answers. Some will say it with a hard G, some with a Y sound and some might even pronounce it like "hero."
The Greek delicacy is a sandwich, made with slices of beef and lamb often cooked on a vertical broiler, and topped with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce.
"It's something that once you try it it has a unique taste," said Paul Pallas, owner of George's Gyro Spot in Chesterton. "Everything else tastes like chicken."
Pallas, who is of Greek heritage himself, grew up working for relatives in Greek restaurants. The Greek community is a major group in the Region, and some of the dishes, including gyros, prove popular among local diners.
"It's defined," he said. "Everyone recognizes it (gyros)."
Pallas also said the appeal for gyro restaurants comes in their casual, rather than fine, dining experience.
"I may not be able to do 300 cars in a drive-thru an hour like McDonald's, but we do it right," Pallas said. "
Here is a sampling of gyro sandwiches available throughout the Region.