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Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

Maybe you will! ;)

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

Agreed. This thread had me craving Shawarma Max so I went there for tonight's dinner. Soft pita, crispy yet still juicy chicken, crisp GREEN lettuce and not a panini press in sight. Magnifique!

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

Ya... to echo cinderelladressmaker's comments; Shawarma Max doesn't even have a grill/press. You are mistaken. Pretty sure I already explained this to you here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6427... the last time you were making baseless comments slamming Shawarma Max. Although that time you claimed they grill it after wrapping... your lies have changed!

We get it; you don't like Shawarma Max (even though you clearly know nothing of the place); maybe talk about restaurants you actually go to rather than spreading misinformation?

By the way, you are also dead wrong about the lettuce. The lettuce doesn't hang around nearly long enough to go brown; they do a lot of business (hence the 2nd location opening just a few doors down).

Shawarmas in Toronto

Hahaha yep!

Shawarmas in Toronto

Personally, I think every single place (including my beloved SE) mentioned above all look pretty gross inside... but look what neighbourhood they are in! People driving down Lawrence Ave East looking for tasty middle east food typically don't have "atmosphere" at the top of their priority list. I mean... we're talking about a $6 meal!!!

Shawarmas in Toronto

Yup, that's the one! Still my favourite... I'm even starting to get into the beef now. :)

Good Shawarma in Markham

I tried Shoom Shoom when they first opened... it was ok, but they had it so drowned in tahina / garlic / hummus that it was about 2/3rds pure sauce... it was the messiest sandwhich I have ever tried to eat.

Good Shawarma in Markham

Yup, I can confirm that Pitalicious is indeed delicious! These days, if I'm confined to Shawarma in markham, Pitalicious is my first choice.

Often though I will opt to drive into Scarborough for Shawarma Empire :)

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Shawarma Empire
1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

Taftan Kebab

FYI, they don't sell Shawarma at Taftan anymore.

Best Falafel In Toronto

Checked out Dr. Laffa myself; went for the Shawarma (on laffa) instead of falafel. It certainly was huge! Delicious too, and with interesting toppings.

Good find!

Shawarmas in Toronto

This is a reallyl good point, and one of the things I love about Shawarma Empire (and, incidentally, Shawarma Max). Shawarma Empire takes the time to go veggies, meat, sauce, then more veggies, more meat, and finally more sauce. Shawarma Max doesn't quite take it to that degree, but they are usually good about giving the pita a shake while they are adding the meat so everything gets mixed up.

Nothing worse that following up a bite of nothing but meat with a mouthful of pure onion or parsley... the combinantion is key for good shawarma!

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Shawarma Max
4969 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N6, CA

Shawarma Empire
1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

Shawarmas in Toronto

Shawarma Max doesn't even own a press... and the vegetables are always fresh (they do a lot of business daily, so wilted lettuce and stale pita would be a difficult feat... in fact they do so much business there are now two locations, both within walking distance of each other!).

Perhaps you were thinking of another restaurant?

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Shawarma Max
4969 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N6, CA

Best Falafel In Toronto

I was there opening day (couldn't wait to try it, as it is incredibly close to my work as well, and there really wasn't any shawarma in that area until now) and tried the falafel and the chicken shawarma. Both were pretty decent (I don't know if I would say best in Toronto...) and I'm the same way; I only go for falafel if it gets fried AFTER I order.

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

So true. Unless you're at one of those places that premakes their falafel balls and nukes them... In which case you might just leave altogether!

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

I refuse to comment on places I've tried "once" for obvious reasons...

This is why most of my comments are about Shawarma Max and Shawarma Empire, both of which I've been to at least 50 times (probably twice that for Shawarma Max).

My whole point was that timing is crucial; so one bad experience is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

Farhat is about the only place I've tried once and don't plan on ever trying again; it was THAT bad. Far worse than anything I have ever been served at Shawarma Empire or Shawarma Max.

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Farhat
2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

Shawarma Max
4969 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N6, CA

Shawarma Empire
1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

Nice, I will have to give Shawarma's King a try next time I'm in the area (used to live at Yonge and Eg but that was before they opened).

If you like the pickled stuff, you could try Shawarma Max in North York (they have two locations, just north and south of North York Centre subway station (the north location is a shorter walk from the subway and is the newer, cleaner location). That's my go-to place, since I live across the street. If you can get there at the right moment, when the chicken is nice and crispy and they shave it off freshly, it is pretty damn good. Of course, if business is slower than the spit, they will shave it off in anticipation, which slowly dries out the chicken. This is true of ANY shawarma place which is why all these reviews tend to be so subjective... timing is very important. One of the only places where this doesn't seem to be the case is Shawarma Empire at lunch, only because they are SO busy there is no way your chicken is going to be anything but fresh. Also, they use gas fired spits which crisp up the chicken much faster than the typical smaller electric spits found at most shawarma restaurants.

Anyways, my point was that in addition to the standard toppings offered at most places (lettuce, onion, cucumber, parsley, tomato) Shawarma Max also offer pickles, pickled turnip, stuffed grape leaves, and sauces include tahini, hot sauce, garlic spread, tzatziki and hummus.

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Shawarma Empire
1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

I've tried it (I should have mentioned that I have NOT tried Shawarma King... let me know how it is though!) but wasn't too impressed. Quick Pita is a chain and there are locations throughout the city... I have been to a few of them and none made much of an impression on me. My favourite in the city remains Shawarma Empire.

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Shawarma Empire
1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

What about Shawarma King at Yonge and Eg?

Good Shawarma in Markham

I have had a decent Shawarma at Melodies in Thornhill. If you want GOOD Shawarma, I don't think you'll find any in Markham. I would head to Scarborough (Shawarma Empire!!) for that.

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Melodies
230 Commerce Valley Dr E, Thornhill, ON L3T7Y9, CA

Best Falafel In Toronto

I went there today hoping to try the chicken shawarma but found they only had veal; is this typical?

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

Here is a list I made of some of the places I've tried in Toronto: http://www.chow.com/lists/16132

New Feature: CHOW Lists

Are there any plans to fix/finish this BETA feature on the site and launch in the near future?

May 16, 2010
superjj in Site Talk

New Feature: CHOW Lists

It's been that way for 2 years so I'm guessing no.

King of amazing that this feature is still in BETA after that much time!

May 16, 2010
superjj in Site Talk

A question about shawarma and Toronto..

So I just got back from Melodies and I have to say it was pretty good! It certainly was white meat shawarma only (they even had a little sign there that confirmed it!), and combined with the ingredients they use and whole wheat pita, it's probably one of the healthier shawarma's you can get! In fact they seem to try to cook all their food a little healthier than the norm (they don't deep fry their falafel balls, for example).

The place was BUSY (I mean the line went out the door) so it's not such a well kept secret (although it certainly doesn't get mentioned much on Chowhound) but everything tasted good so I will definitely be going back. It is also the closest shawarma to my work and I like it better than the next closest which is Alex's Falafel and Shawarma on Hwy 7.

One thing to point out is that you have to specify what veggies you want right when you order; most places give you a chance to do this after you've ordered and they are actually making it, but not here. I had to remove the pickles and tomatoes myself (not a fan of pickles on shawarma). The standard toppings for their chicken shawarma on a pita are Hummas, Tzatziki, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles.

A question about shawarma and Toronto..

Glad I found this (a year later); I'm trying Melodies chicken shawarma tomorrow.

BTW, Stevesinu, ME VA ME is decent for sure, but definitely not the best in GTA! There are multiple choices in the Lawrence E area that are better... no question. My personal favourites are Shawarma Empire and Ibrahim

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Shawarma Empire
1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

Worst in Toronto

Great thread! Took me all day but I'm all caught up now! :)

My worsts:

WIMPY'S - don't know why I've gone back, but I have tried this place more than once. They can't do breakfast, lunch or dinner... period. The chicken parm actually made me laugh it was so brutal...

MARS - Only ever tried the breakfast, again more than once... nothing to write home about. The place looks like it would have great food but everything seemed bland and boring

Pizza Pizza - I'm not anti-chain (in fact I like some of the food at East Side Marios!) but this pizza is terrible... not so bad if you get it at the Skydome but if you order or go to one of their locations, it is inedible without dipping every bite into their mediocre sauce

Farhat - I went to this place when I was on a mission to try as many shawarma places in TO to find the best one, and Farhat had been raved about on ChowHound... what a terrible sandwich! I tried the chicken and the falafel, and the chicken was actually sticky and slimy (no clue how they managed that) and the falafel was so huge the inside was raw... and it just tasted awful. That was over a year ago and since then I have read many posts on this board acknowledging that Farhat has gone WAY downhill over the past year or so

Yummy's - Also hit this place up on my shawarma search and couldn't even finish the cabbage wrap (had more cabbage than dry chicken, no other veggies, sauce or any identifiable flavour whatsoever)

Spring Rolls - I see I'm not alone on this one... another place I've tried more than once. I can't believe someone (in this thread of all threads) thinks the curry pad thai is good... it's barely edible. If you want good pad thai I recommend Sorn Thai on Yonge between Eglinton and Lawrence

Frankie Tomatoes - Didn't really expect much from an all-you-can-eat buffet, but I figured they could at least do a basic pasta or pizza half decently... it turns out that no, they cannot.

Pickel Barrel - I have had one decent meal at the atrium location which was a ridiculously large plate with chicken, ribs and fries, but besides that every other meal has been terrible. I always seem to get roped into going back with different groups of people though... I tried the sliders that were served in rock hard stale buns, I tried some tahini pasta dish that still had no taste with half a shaker of salt+pepper added, and the list goes on...

That's all I've got!

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Farhat
2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

Sorn Thai
2550 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J2, CA

Chain burgers vs. "gourmet" burgers (split from Ontario)

OMG do check it out too.. they are in California, Arizona , Nevada and Utah.

I would recommend a Double-Double Animal Style... mmmmmmmmmmm good.

I am from Toronto btw but made a point to find an IN-N-OUT on a recent trip to AZ!

May 13, 2010
superjj in General Topics

Good Falafel and Shawarma in North Etobicoke

Is 1910 Kipling for sure the address? I found two different addresses for this place on CH...

edit: Judging by what I see using Google streetview, I'm thinking 1717 Wilson Ave is actually the address for Mubarik Restaurant... and 1910 Kipling is the correct address for Adam's... I've edited the incorrect info. :)

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Adam's Shawarma
1910 Kipling Ave, Toronto, ON M9W4J1, CA

Adam's Shawarma
1910 Kipling Ave, Toronto, ON M9W4J1, CA