March 07, 2012
426 W Coleman Blvd. (Mt. Pleasant)
Lunch & Dinner (Mon.-Sat.). Closed Sun.
Tasty gyros, plump pitas, filling salads, and scrumptious grilled pizzas anchor the menu at this funky spot. Voted Best Greek by CP readers in 2014.
Hundreds of red tomatoes line the stainless steel shelves in the front of Papa Zuzu’s, and they’re waiting to be tossed into a big salad or stuffed inside a warm, fluffy pita. It’s classic Greek fare with a hippie vibe, and that means generous gyros filled with roasted lamb and beef and pitas stuffed with chicken and spinach or baba ghanoush. The gyro pizza tops grilled dough with gyro meat, onions, portobellos, cheese, and tzatziki sauce, and vegetarians will be happy to find tasty versions of hummus, tabouli, and baba ghanoush on a Mediterranean plate big enough to feed two. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2015)
The Charleston restaurant scene is not known for its Mediterranean offerings — indeed, it's one of the few arenas where Columbia has us pinned. But when it comes to Greece's oft-attempted-but-rarely-perfected flatbread sandwich, Papa ZuZu's just might be able to hold its own against all comers, American or otherwise. The thick, juicy cuts of lamb and beef are slow-roasted on a spit for tenderness, and the other ingredients are about as authentically sourced as you'll find in this part of the world. The tzatziki, made with yogurt from a Greek goat farmer in Canada, provides a light, cool contrast to the savory meat, and the olive oil is imported from a family 20 miles outside of Sparta. The tomatoes and lettuce are always fresh. Oh, and did we mention that the gyro is the size of a human head? It is no shame to split one with a friend at lunchtime.