Perry residents and visitors have more food variety than ever before with the addition of a new food truck.
At Mo’s Gyros, the food choices lean to the Greek and Mediterranean with the menu offering gyros made of a choice of lamb, beef or chicken.
The organically-raised lamb, chicken and beef is purchased from local producers, hand-picked by the co-owners so they know exactly where the meat comes from and how the animals were raised. All the ingredients are as fresh as possible, say the partners in the enterprise – Moutassim Meri, a seven-year Perry resident whose friends call him Mo, and Mike Stanley of Des Moines.
Stanley has the chef’s background and Meri the family recipes he grew up with in Egypt.
When they started getting serious about creating a food truck, Meri called his relatives, including his mother who still lives in Egypt.
“I wanted the falafel, a kind of vegetarian food, to be as good as I remembered it. I wasn’t getting it quite right, so I called my mother,” Meri says.
The work to create the best falafel, choosing the animals that will be processed from hoof to table, and cooking with decidedly fresh ingredients has paid off.
For this reporter, the falafel has a wonderful crunchy exterior and a soft, textured interior with just the right seasoning.
Lamb was the meat choice for the gyro with a tasty, fresh tzatziki sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. Tzatziki is a Greek cucumber sauce that is made from Greek yogurt, and includes cucumber, garlic, lemon and dill. The sauce literally tastes like summer.
Alongside the fresh Greek-style dishes are such offerings as a Philly steak sandwich and French fries with Greek seasoning.
Don’t expect rock-bottom prices just because the food is cooked in a mobile kitchen. The menu ranges from a high of $9 for a gyro with lamb to $4 for beef sliders, Greek-seasoned fries for $2 or $1 with gyro.
Philly sandwiches are $8. Sodas are $1.
The food will not disappoint.
In addition to serving at Caboose Park from about noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday most weeks, they sometimes serve gyros on Thursday evenings just outside Le Poste for Handle Bar Happy Hour.
“Our plan is to start here in Perry and eventually outfit another truck to take to Des Moines,” Meri said.
“I want this truck to be a success in Perry, for the town of Perry. I think it offers people something different,” he said.
Location: Caboose Park
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
Menu: Gyros made with a choice of lamb, beef, chicken or falafel, falafel separately, beef sliders, Philly sandwich, Greek salad and sodas.
Price Range: From $9 for a lamb gyro to $4 for a slider, $1 for a soda.