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Best donair in Edmonton?

cdoobiest Aug 23, 2007 08:28 PM

Coming back home for vacation. Have never found good donairs in Philly. Anyone know of a good place in Edmonton. I remember Queen Donair in the West end and Charles Smart if they are still around?

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    bogie RE: cdoobiest Aug 23, 2007 11:14 PM

    Both are still around. My favourite is King Donair on 99 St. and 23 Ave, they have huge and tasty donairs for a great price. When I visit from Toronto, it's the first place I stop at after leaving the airport! I have a similar problem to yours, I miss donairs as we have shawarmas instead in Toronto.

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      jambon RE: bogie Aug 26, 2007 10:03 AM

      A second vote for King Donair. We lived one block from Charles Smart (Federally Inspected!!) on Whyte Ave. and 93rd, and though they make a consistently fine donair, I found it was worth the extra time to hop in a vehicle and head to King. Sadly, we only discovered it a couple of months before we moved to Calgary.

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        sleepycat RE: bogie Aug 28, 2008 04:42 AM

        Are you talking about

        Kings Donairs & Submarine - 780-463-0975
        3350 Parsons Road NW , Edmonton , AB T6N 1B5

        I don't remember anything on 23 Ave

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        egon61 RE: cdoobiest Aug 24, 2007 01:01 PM

        Just had a donair from Burger Baron and it was really good!

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          Cheers RE: egon61 Aug 24, 2008 08:39 PM

          I have had the Halifax donair from the Burger Baron on 111th Ave (I think) in the west end. It is always loaded, fresh, messy...just the way I like it. By the way, what exactly gives it the Halifax name? Whenever I am in the Maritimes and order a donair it is wrapped in a thick pizza-like crust with a very sweet sauce that I do not particularily like.

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            Donair_God RE: Cheers Dec 13, 2008 05:06 PM

            What you probably had when you was in the Maritimes was called a Donair Zarotti, or sometimes refered to as a donair pocket, it is pizza dough wrapped around a mound of donair meat and usually topped with Mozza cheese, onions and tomato, I always get as a extra item fetta cheese, that really brings the taste out marvelously.

            As for the sauce, it is a mixture of sugar, minced garlic or garlic powder according to the establishments preference, condensed milk, and vinegar, which makes a reaction with the condensed milk and coagulates it to make a thick sauce, some places just do not know how to make a nice thick donair sauce, a bit less messy when it is not so runny, they use to much sugar which makes it overpoweringly sweet, or to much vinegar which make the sauce to tangy.

            I am from Nova Scotia and every pizza place around has there own little variation on making a donair, but like many have posted already King Of Donair was the first to make the spicey blend that has piloted every donair to date, the first establishment was opened up in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Quinpool Road in the early 1971, hence the King, they really werent around for to long.

            However some places really know what they are doing, if you ever get a chance to have a Bubba Sub, which is donair meat and your choice on tomatoes and onions on a sub bun smothered with garlic butter and toasted, now theres a creation worth trying, I am totally addicted to them, seriously!

            Also wondering if anyone knows the place in Edmonton that makes a donair but kind of has what to use for a sauce confused, my friend went there and ended up with sour cream, that is not the original sauce for sure, although im going to have to try it now just for spite.

            Happy Cooking, and by the way you cant beat your own homemade doniar meat, most places use a mass produced, and cheaply made version of donair meat that has a rubbery texture, you need a solid meat, but a meatloaf like texture when you chew it, Bonte corperation is the main colperate running the name of the donair!

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              rob1234 RE: Donair_God Dec 15, 2008 08:20 AM

              *edit. I see I already posted similar below. Oh well.

              I had the Donair at Park Allen and it had sour cream and it was terrible (served cold with donair meat from Save on Foods not the good stuff). That's probably not the place you were talking about.

              I would definitely try High Voltage Cafe while in Edmonton. They have 5 different sauces to choice from and they grill the pita in a panni press with garlic butter and sea salt on it.

              I've made my own a few times and a good tip is to put the meat in a mixer for like 20 minutes to really break it down and pack it together. I tried mixing it by hand once and it just crumbled apart when I tried to cut it.

              You can also make the sauce with evaporated milk and add some sugar. It's not quite as thick then.

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          yen RE: cdoobiest Aug 25, 2007 06:11 AM

          My favorite is Mr Donair on Stony Plain Rd and 161(?) street next to a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. It's on the south side of Stony Plain.

          Not for the hygenic faint of heart... but really tasty.

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            cleopatra999 RE: cdoobiest Aug 26, 2007 07:30 AM

            i think la shish just off jasper ave is a shawarma, but they are tops in my books.

            1. eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife RE: cdoobiest Aug 31, 2007 11:29 AM

              Simon King is another great pick, on 51st Ave and 91 Street. For pure indugent grease factor, try the massive donairs at Road Runner Pizza on Whyte Ave and 98 Street (in the strip mall with K & K Foodliner, next to Blind Pig Pub) They offer late nite delivery too, it used to be an after bar favourite instead of Pizza 73. Speaking of pizza, if you are in, try Road Runner's donair pizza, with extra sweet sauce for dipping. THE SWEET SAUCE ROCKS!

              1. The Chowhound Team RE: cdoobiest Sep 4, 2007 10:40 AM

                Folks, pardon the interruption, but we've split off a discussion about the difference between donair and shawarma to the General Topics board. You can follow that discussion here:



                1. Sunsetwinetime RE: cdoobiest Sep 15, 2007 10:21 AM

                  Fabulous chicken Donair at Royal Donair&Burgers 8764-149 St)same strip mall as BonTon Bakery) Huge drippy, wash your hands kind of donair-just the way I like em!

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                    arch RE: cdoobiest Sep 28, 2007 10:40 AM

                    By Far the best place is La Shish Taouk on 118 st and Jasper Ave. He marinates his meat from scratch. Hope you enjoy it.

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                      Gracel RE: cdoobiest Oct 17, 2007 06:11 AM

                      Try the place in Beaumont. They are suppose to be the best...

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                        MichaelJarrett RE: cdoobiest Jun 12, 2008 04:14 PM

                        best donair in the edmonton area is.
                        famous donair. its in sherwood park on broodmoor Blvd. closest to wye road.

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                          pengcast RE: cdoobiest Jun 14, 2008 07:46 AM

                          We are very lucky to have so many great donair places in Edmonton. I really like Queen - especially the one on 50th st. north. It is so clean. Also like ones from the Marco's Burgers in SUB on the U of A campus. They grill the meat for a bit and it makes the edges all crispy.

                          Charles Smart very good too.

                          We used to go to one in the strip mall at 50th street aand 101 Street but that whole strip mall got nuked a few months ago. They had the best chicken donairs. Big chunks of crispy chicken with a great marinade. Ahhh.

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                            rob1234 RE: cdoobiest Jun 14, 2008 09:36 AM

                            Surprised these haven't been mentioned.

                            High Voltage Cafe - 63ave 103st
                            Marco's Famous - whyte ave

                            These are my favs. Try High Voltage for something a little different. They have 4 or 5 sauces to pick from and they grill the pita in a panini press with some garlic butter and seasoning salt.

                            I haven't been to marco's in a while and the last time they seemed to have raised the prices and changed the recipe. Still really good though.

                            I also like Queen, Simon King (spicy), and Richards Donair in sherwood park for the biggest one I could find. Burger Baron on 99st had surprisingly good donairs too.

                            I had a King a few months ago and didn't like it.

                            By far the worst donair in the city is from parkallen. They serve it cold and it's the same deli meat you can buy as donair meat from Save-on-foods. Not home made and not from a rotisserie. They also use sour cream instead of any sauce.

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                              yen RE: rob1234 Jun 28, 2008 11:01 PM

                              Simon King on 91st and 51st avenue is really good. That was the name of the one i was trying to remember.

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                              jim bachinski RE: cdoobiest Jun 28, 2008 09:46 PM

                              there's a place on 117-118 st and jasper ave- it's called world's finest donair, or something like that, - fantastic donair

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                                jim bachinski RE: jim bachinski Jun 30, 2008 07:17 PM

                                sorry, its on 121 st and jasper

                              2. raidar RE: cdoobiest Jun 29, 2008 11:19 PM

                                I would add that King Donair has always been my standard when comparing other donairs. It just seems like the perfect donair to me. The only other place I have recently enjoyed with the same enthusiasm is the "worlds finest donair" on jasper and 118ish that jim mentioned. I was stunned to find and taste a donair poutine, I mean how can you go wrong with fries, cheese, gravy, donair meat, and sweet sauce all in one package. *shudder* I can still feel my arteries clogging from that one.

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                                  j3nnyp3nny RE: cdoobiest Jun 30, 2008 07:23 AM

                                  The best donair place ever is in the northside:

                                  Swiss Donair, 8308 144 Avenue NW

                                  If you like spice, ask for their special Fusion sauce!

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                                    Victoriagurl101 RE: j3nnyp3nny Aug 24, 2008 03:55 PM

                                    If you Edmontonions what the best donair Richard Donair ( North Side) no one can beat that place, its soo tasty and delicious, its worth what your paying , but I hate to say and i'm sure alot of these ppl know Swiss Donair is the last place to go, trust me its not worth going for sorry to say. Richard Donair is alot of Edmontonions # 1, pick.

                                    Bon Appeiteee

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                                      anonymoose RE: Victoriagurl101 Aug 25, 2008 12:28 PM

                                      In the north end Richard's is good, but I think Donair & Sub Delight (12643 153 Ave) is better. Their donair meat seems to have more flavour in my opinion.

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                                        djdragan RE: anonymoose Aug 25, 2008 02:13 PM

                                        I would 2nd the Donair and Sub Delight recommendation. I wish I still lived in Edmonton.

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                                    buster3535 RE: cdoobiest Feb 10, 2009 10:15 AM

                                    I've found that most donair in the city are pretty similar. Queen, King, etc.

                                    The one place that is a cut above is High Voltage. The pita doesn't soak up the sauce and disintegrate in your hands. The tzatziki is tasty as hell (greek donair). The pita is seasoned with herbs and sea salt, then slightly grilled in a panini press. Lots of nice little touches make this stand out above the rest. More importantly, it tastes great!

                                    Also try the greek gyros. Real chunks of pork.

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