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Chicken shawarma on Yonge between College and Dundas

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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  1. 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

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

      1. re: LTL

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

          1. re: LTL

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

    2. 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. 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

          Odd name for a Middle Eastern restaurant.

          1. re: ziggystardust

            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. 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

              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

                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

                  I prefer the brisket with charmoula mayo.

                2. re: TOchowgal

                  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

                    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

                  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: TOchowgal

                      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.

                    2. re: Humbucker

                      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

                        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

                        I'm with you re: Red & White.

                        Average at best.

                        1. re: Humbucker

                          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. 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

                          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.

                        2. 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

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                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.