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Try gyros and wings from new food truck Marrakesh Grill

There’s a new food truck in town called Marrakesh Grill serving gyros, grilled chicken pitas, veggie pitas, wings, fries, and gyro cheese fries. I found the truck parked beside Flour & Fire Pizza food truck in Downtown Champaign yesterday and tried some of the food.

An overhead photo shows the author's lunch. On the left, a parchment paper lined styrofoam container has fried chicken wings with fries and a side sauce of honey mustard. The right has pitas over wrapped gyro meat with two cups of gyro sauce. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

I ordered the six wings ($6.99) and the double gyro ($11.99).

The fried chicken wings from Marrakesh Grill have a golden airy batter in front of a pile of fries. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

The wings came with fries, packets of ketchup, and a choice of dipping sauce. You know I love chicken wings, so my expectations were high, and honestly, these little wings delivered. They were mini wings, but they were meaty with fall-off-the-bone juicy chicken fried to order. The airy batter tasted like a tempura batter (similar to Sakanaya’s wings that are no longer on the menu, RIP). The main flavor was simply well-seasoned chicken, not spicy or herby at all. The fries were solid especially with the dipping sauce.

An overhead photo shows a half container of gyro meat with pitas blistered with brown spots, a few slices of tomato, and a few slices of white onion. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

The double gyro came with two toasted pitas, two portions of gyro meat, tomato, onion slices, and two sides of the gyro sauce. When I asked the person taking orders what her favorite was, she said, “Definitely the gyro!” The gyro meat was just amazing, cooked on a vertical rotisserie for many hours. The tender meat had a developed herby flavor and was chopped to bite sized pieces, easy to add to a pita. The gyro sauce was insanely good with a cold cucumber freshness and a milky consistency. I liked that it was a build-your-own set up, so I could decide how much of each ingredient to put in my pita. There are options for a single (or triple!) gyro portion lunch as well. 

The truck offers both Pepsi and Coke cans as well as water, juice, and Gatorade. Check out the food truck’s posted menu. 

The white menu is posted on the red food truck. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Find the gyro truck at lunchtime around Champaign-Urbana. Watch Marrakesh Grill’s Facebook page for details about where in C-U the truck will be serving lunch.

Marrakesh Grill
M-F 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.

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