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Apr 23, 2012 05:20 PM

Fuzz Box: East Coast donair in Toronto

I've never had the real thing before. But I have noted the heated posts about the lack of Haligonian donairs in Toronto. Well, for those bemoaners, NOW has posted about a new place opening on the Danforth:

The deep fried pepperoni has me more intrigued than the white sauce.

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    1. re: Davwud

      Maybe they updated the NOW article? it says Monday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm.

    2. Donairs are the best post-drinking food. Its like gravy pizza in Ottawa.
      Not sure how excited I'd be to eat either of them sober.
      Donair is slightly below gyros and shawarma on the food chain and slightly above hot dogs.

      and that sauce...we used to call it "jizz sauce". when you get a donair, you'll know why.

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      1. re: atomeyes

        Out with your snobbery! I've enjoyed many donairs in the morning, afternoon, and late night, all sober. Extra sauce is welcome!

        I'm excited.

      2. Went for lunch today.

        Had a donair and fried pepperoni.

        The donair was really good. The meat was nice but the sauce was only okay for me. I'm not saying it was bad but I'd prefer it less sweet and more garlicky. So it's just a fine tuning thing to my tastes is all. The pita was nice and fresh and held up pretty well.

        The fried pepperoni was food crack. Honestly, if you love the crispy pepperoni you get on top of pizza, this stuff is for you. It's like pepperoni bacon. The mustard dipping sauce was a nice sweet counterpoint to the spiciness of the crack.


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        1. re: Davwud

          Anyone from the Maritimes have an opinion as to how authentic the donairs are to the Halifax-style out east?

          1. re: jmeggs

            While tasty there are some differences from a traditional Halifax Donair.

            The meat itself is a little more peppery which I quite enjoyed
            It appeared to me that perhaps the meat was not cooked on the traditional vertical spit but perharps by a meatloaf style technique (purely an assumption based on personal homemade attempts) as they meat has a more crumbly texture rather than the long thin slices you would typically recieve out east.
            Pita is thinker than what you would normally recieve.
            Less sauce than the ladels that they drop on you at K.O.D. - a plus from my perspective
            Size wise the super is considerably smaller than even a large at KOD, they are a decent size for the average person but for someone used to the Halifax Donair they are smaller.
            Looking forward to giving the donair Pizza and Subs a go as I think the meat texture may work better there than the traditional pita wrap.

            All in all a very welcome addition to the east end.

          2. re: Davwud

            i agree Davwud, the sauce is not my cup of tea too sweet, maybe next time i will sneak in some tzatziki. they were however very busy

          3. I went for lunch today and had the Nova Scotian style, super sized. It was great. I felt guilty eating so much but it couldn't help myself. This was 3.5 years of pent up Donair craving being satisfied.

            I fell in love with donairs on my first trip to Halifax and I've been hoping a KOD or similar would open here. This is better than I hoped, a little indepenant restaurant with good subway/car access.

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            1. re: thedeltaskipper

              Very happy to hear that east-cost style donairs are finally available in Toronto itself, but I should mention that Milton and Burlington have had them for quite some time - and they're brilliant: The owner's father was apparently one of the original KOD founders.

              1. re: hailing

                All well & good, but what if you live in the GTA and have just put away 29 cheap draft beers.
                For us this is Niirvana.

              2. I was there yesterday and the donair was very good, sauce is exactly like east coast sauce. The smoked trout hash was excellent, I loved every bite! Will definitely be back.

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                1. re: katbri

                  Smoked trout hash and blueberry slump, this place has non-donair potential. Also glad to see they can attract people from outside the hood, it can be tough for our local businesses to make it.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    Jules the fried pepperoni is reason enough.
                    I needs to try me the smoked trout hash now.


                    1. re: Davwud

                      Oh I'm sure but I can't go in just for that... Need to rationalize it as part of a "healthy" "meal" of some kind. Blueberries have antioxidants you know!