Showmars is a new experience for me. I had never heard of it until I moved to the area. And the first time I went there I was expecting hamburgers -- not gyros.
As it turns out, Showmars is a local success story. Started in 1982, by a first-generation Greek immigrant (hence the gyro), Showmars has grown to over 25 locations, most in the Charlotte area. Their slogan is "Casual dining . . . fast." And I've gotta say, their slogan is pretty accurate.
As I entered the Huntersville Showmars, I briefly reviewed the menu-board on the wall, and placed my order for a gyro and fries with the cashier. I was suprised to be handed a plastic cup, I was expecting a paper one.
A few minutes after I took my seat, my meal arrived with real silverware and a real plate. The food is slightly better than average fast food. The crinkle-cut fries were super crispy, and the lettuce and tomato on the gyro were fresh, and not wilted. The gyro meat (lamb?) was tasty, and the tzatziki was the perfect compliment to this pita sandwich.
The restaurant was slightly worn, and the most noticeable wear and tear is found on the booth seats. However, this restaurant was clean, and the service staff were very friendly and helpful.
Price: $ (Entree and drink for under $10)
Conclusion: It's easy to see why this local chain is doing well. The experience is a notch above standard fast food, and much of the food offered is not the standard fare. Though this probably won't become one of my regular stops, I will stop here when I'm craving some fast greek food,
9605 Sherrill Estates Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078