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Chicken shawarma on Yonge between College and Dundas

TOchowgal Jun 22, 2009 10:18 AM

I am working in the area and am looking for really good chicken shawarma on Yonge between College and Dundas. I unfortunately sometimes only have a half hour for lunch so I need something close to where I work.

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    currycue Jun 22, 2009 11:34 AM

    There's one on Yonge, just south of Gerrard that's pretty good (it has a red sign) I also like the Doner sandwiches across the street at Doner Kebab House.

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    1. re: currycue
      LTL Jun 22, 2009 12:11 PM

      Are you talking about Red & White? If so, I love that place.

      1. re: LTL
        currycue Jun 23, 2009 09:20 AM

        Yes, it was called Red and White, but they changed their name recently.

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          LTL Jun 24, 2009 01:50 PM

          Still good?

          1. re: LTL
            currycue Jun 26, 2009 09:22 AM

            I think so. If I recall the name is something lame like "Tummy Time"

    2. grandgourmand Jun 23, 2009 10:02 AM

      Not sure if it's the same one currycye is talking about (Doner Kebab House), but I always liked the one on the east side of Yonge, just south of Gerrard.

      1. Satish Patel Jun 24, 2009 05:58 PM

        there is good shawarma place called something 2 talk about on 78 Gerrard St West.
        Its open office hrs and closed weekends

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        1. re: Satish Patel
          ziggystardust Jun 24, 2009 06:34 PM

          Odd name for a Middle Eastern restaurant.

          1. re: ziggystardust
            Jimbo321 Aug 7, 2009 05:02 PM

            I think it's a really terrible name for a restaurant - especially a middle eastern restaurant. There used to be a second location in Mississauga when I lived there, and I often wondered if I should have gone in to tell the proprietor how much the name "Something 2 Talk About" was hurting his business. I mean, how could there not be a better name?

          2. re: Satish Patel
            genie81 Aug 17, 2010 06:06 AM

            I love the food at this place.

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            Negaduck Jun 24, 2009 08:47 PM

            The 3 along Yonge on this stretch are Doner Kebab House, Little House of Kebabs and whatever Red & White is now called. The best in the area, however, is Milo's Pita in the food court of Toronto Life Centre.

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            1. re: Negaduck
              TOchowgal Jun 26, 2009 09:52 AM

              Will definitely try Tummy Time. I don't like the kababs at the Litlte House of Kebobs so I won't be going there to try their shawarma.

              There is another place called Lebanon Express on Yonge just South of College but haven't tried it yet.

              1. re: TOchowgal
                currycue Jun 26, 2009 12:11 PM

                Not Shawarma, but if you have a Metropass, check out Black Camel just outside Rosedale subway station. Hands down the best BBQ pulled pork sandwich I've had in T.O. Get it with chipotle mayo. So good!

                1. re: currycue
                  Negaduck Jun 26, 2009 12:34 PM

                  I prefer the brisket with charmoula mayo.

                2. re: TOchowgal
                  juniorcruz Aug 17, 2009 06:27 PM

                  I just tried Lebanon Express (near Carlton & Yonge) yesterday and was dissapointed. I had the beef sharwarma sandwich combo and the best part was the can of Sprite. Although the beef was blander in taste than some other places, the part which I did care for was the chucks of rubber fat that dominated the sandwich. Not a good experience.

                  My mainstay in the immediate area is Doner Kebab, just south of Gerrard. I love their red sauce. It's not hot, but goes great on the chicken.

                  I've read there's another place further north on Yonge named "The Best Shawarma Place". I'm looking for new places so that may be the next.

                  1. re: juniorcruz
                    Humbucker Aug 17, 2009 08:40 PM

                    Best Shawarma Place makes the biggest shawarma sandwiches I've had in Toronto (almost too big, which is something I never imagined possible), but their sauces are lacking, being virtually flavorless. If you just want to taste the meat, this may be a good thing, as their chicken shawarma seems to be mostly rich dark meat. I mostly go to BSP as an occasional change of pace for those reasons.

                3. re: Negaduck
                  Humbucker Jul 16, 2009 08:45 PM

                  I've become addicted to Milo's Pita, thanks to Chowhound. The prices are higher, but you can really discern the quality of the ingredients. In particular, their garlic sauce has such a deep, distinctive roasted garlic taste. The garlic sauce at most other places (as a shawarma fiend, I've worked my way through 17 or 18 shawarma shops in Toronto) just tastes like mayo; you can't really taste much garlic unless you take a dab of the sauce and eat it by itself. The only thing that prevents Milo's from being the perfect shawarma sandwich is that they don't toast the sandwich in a panini grill like they do at Pita Q on Spadina. It maybe totally inauthentic but the panini treatment makes the pita all crispy and delicious.

                  I was never too impressed with Red & White back when it was still Red & White.

                  1. re: Humbucker
                    TOchowgal Jul 17, 2009 05:12 AM

                    Where is Milo's?

                    1. re: TOchowgal
                      Humbucker Jul 17, 2009 05:48 AM

                      It's in the food court (don't worry, I don't think it's a chain) on the third floor of Toronto Life Square at Yonge/Dundas.

                      1. re: Humbucker
                        TOchowgal Jul 17, 2009 07:57 AM

                        Thank you!

                    2. re: Humbucker
                      TOchowgal Aug 7, 2009 10:20 AM

                      I tried the Kafta Kabab pita at Milo's Pita and it was so good. It was grilled fresh in front of my eyes which is a good thing. I can't stand kebabs that just sit there and are reheated. It was so juicy. The meat was flavourful and the toppings were really good.

                      I didn't try the falafel wrap but someone else ordered and they actually fried them fresh!

                      The shawarma looked really good - nice and juicy and definitely not dry.I went just before noon, so not sure if that's why everything was superfresh. I can't wait to try the other items.

                      1. re: TOchowgal
                        juniorcruz Aug 17, 2009 06:30 PM

                        Milo's fries their falafel fresh?!
                        The guy at House of Kebob, does the same, but I wish he'd crisp them up a bit more.

                        Is the Toronto Life Square the building with the AMC movie theatre? I've only gone through to use the subway. If so, I should check it out this week!

                      2. re: Humbucker
                        duckdown Sep 3, 2009 11:09 AM

                        I'm with you re: Red & White.

                        Average at best.

                        1. re: Humbucker
                          JennaBean Sep 4, 2009 11:02 AM

                          Me too! I can't believe how much I enjoyed the Milo's shawarma. Be warned - the garlic sauce has some SERIOUS garlic power. I could have killed a vampire from 10 feet away!

                      3. TOchowgal Jul 16, 2009 10:52 AM

                        I tried Tummy Time today. Its on Yonge just South of Gerrard. It was ok, didn't knock my socks off. The chicken had a different flavour than the usual shawarma and was ok but I wouldn't go back.

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                        1. re: TOchowgal
                          juniorcruz Sep 1, 2009 07:49 PM

                          Tummy Time is different for Red & White. I tried it recently, months after the name change, ordering the beef shawarma plate. The taste and style (pressed meat) of the beef was very similar to kebab I tried in other parts of the world. It was "okay", but there are better places in the area.

                          BTW, the "lunch special" pricing is bullsh*t, they'll charge you the regular price--the difference is a dollar, meh.

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                          sweetgrass Aug 9, 2009 11:27 AM

                          Milo's is definetly the best in downtown. Me being such a shawarma junkie, iv'e tried others in the downtown area, Ali Baba's, Red and White's, none of them compare to Milo's. It's just something about the actual shawarma meat with the pickles and onions, its just so damn tasty! I don't mind paying the extra 1-2 dollars for such a fantastic shawarma!

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                          1. re: sweetgrass
                            magic Aug 21, 2009 03:04 PM

                            Just tried Milo's chicken shawarma. Pretty good. I'd probably hit that place regularly if I worked in the area. Especially impressed as the shawarma was still good at non-peak hours (I ate at 3:15). My fave shawarma in that area is still at Pita Land (formerly La Zeez) at Gerrard/Jarvis.

                            Next time I'm in the area (man, who knows when that will be) I'll definitely try the kafta kebabs and rice, chickpeas. They looked real tasty. And Milo seemed real nice.

                            1. re: magic
                              paper_bag_princess Aug 22, 2009 06:05 AM

                              Pita Village in the Village by the Grange is better than Milo's Pita imo.

                              The owner is super nice and he stuffs the pitas so full I can barely finish mine usually. Falafels are also made fresh here.

                              1. re: paper_bag_princess
                                Humbucker Aug 22, 2009 06:30 AM

                                Have you been recently? The last few times I've been, the person working was a surly woman who always seemed annoyed when I asked if she would fry the falafel fresh for me instead of giving me the pre-fried ones. Also, the shawarma spits were always clean and empty, like they hadn't been used in a while.

                                1. re: Humbucker
                                  paper_bag_princess Aug 22, 2009 11:26 AM

                                  Yes I'm there weekly. I work in the area.

                                  Are you sure we are talking about the same place? I have never seen the shawarma spits empty and there is usually a massive line up.

                              2. re: magic
                                lily.violet Sep 1, 2009 09:00 PM

                                Pita Land is definitely my favourite too! Everyone I know who's had it, loves it. If it isn't too far of a walk for you, I'd highly recommend giving it a go. I always get the chicken shawarma. They don't fry up their falafels fresh, but they're really crispy because they're fried on a metal stick so it's a shaped like a really plump donut. They're really tasty too.

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