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the donair

I have a theory and the theory goes something like this: every culture in the world invents its own sandwich. Some of those inventions travel to other places where they undergo mutation and changes based upon the local culture and availability of ingredients. The sandwiches of the mediterranean are some of the most far-flung sandwiches in the world covering most of the western hemisphere in one form or another. They are also among the tastiest.


The eastern canadian donair (a variation of the doner kebab[2]) is one such mutation. It is a brother of the shawarma and distant cousin of the greek gyro. It is believed that this particular concoction originated in Halifax at King of Donair on Quinpool Road[1]. It is a unique twist on an otherwise popular and well-traveled sandwich. What is interesting, is that the east-coast donair is starting to make inroads into Quebec and Ontario, and from there, who knows?


Enjoyed happily at 2 in the morning after a tough night on the town or just for lunch, these are special treat. Order the small. Large is insanity.


Today's sandwich came from Freddy's Pizza in Moncton. They make as good a donair as any other place I've tried. And I've tried many. Here's what's on it, as best as I can describe it:


donair meat (spicy beef)



mozzarella cheese (it's an optional extra)

donair sauce[3]

hot sauce (cholula)







[3] "condensed milk, sugar, and vinegar" see [1] above

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Taken on April 6, 2010