Discover the best shawarma restaurants in Calgary

Shawarma – a Middle Eastern dish consisting of roasted meat shaved off of a spit and usually served in a pita wrap sandwich or as part of a meal platter – has become a grab n’ go staple food in countries all over the world. These Calgary spots serve up some of the best shawarma in the city with all of the traditional accouterments as well as other favourite Middle Eastern dishes. [Image credit: Patterson]

Jimmy's A & A Deli

1401 20 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 1G6

With long lineups at lunchtime, Jimmy’s enjoys a bit of a cult following thanks to its big shawarma sandwiches (available in three sizes with lamb, chicken or beef) and even bigger shawarma platters that come with rice, toasted pita and a choice of salad or dip (the garlicky Lebanese bean salad is always a good choice).

Tazza Deli

221 11 St Ne, Calgary, AB T2E 4N3

In Arabic, “tazza” means “freshness,” and this restaurant owned by the family that runs the Bridgeland Market across the street, lives up to its name. Customers choose the fresh vegetables that go on their shawarma sandwiches, and the platters come with two side choices. There’s also a shawarma salad for those who want all the goods, but served in a bowl.

Cedars Restaurant & Deli

3103 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3N7

Cedars has built a pita empire in Calgary, with multiple restaurants all serving a varied selection of sandwiches and platters at relatively low prices. In addition to classic beef and chicken shawarma sandwiches, you can order a pita or platter with a mix of the two as well as two vegetarian options: the standard falafel as well as a mixed tabouli and hummus sandwich.

Jerusalem Shawarma & Bakery

204-30 Country Hills Landng NW, Calgary, AB T3K 5P4

Operated by a third-generation restaurateur, Jerusalem knows its shawarma and serves up sandwiches and platters with beef, chicken or a mix of the two. For some extra flavour, the wrap sandwiches are served with your choice of tahini, garlic sauce, tzatziki or mango sauce. Dip lovers can also order a bowl of hummus topped with shawarma meat.

Little Lebanon Pita Pies & Donair

E-3515 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3E 0B7

This busy little Lebanese place specializes in pita pies (manakish) topped with meat, cheese or zatar (spices and herbs), but it also plays a strong shawarma game. The eatery offers chicken shawarma and beef donair wraps with all the fixin’s as well as party trays with enough sandwiches for six to 10 people.

Aida's Mediterranean Bistro

2208 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W9

A proper sit-down restaurant, this charming bistro serves a more formal take on Mediterranean food, but it does not forsake the humble shawarma. Its marinated sirloin shawarma sandwich can be accompanied by fattoush salad and roasted potatoes. The shawarma platter is served with a dip, salad, fresh veggies and tahini.

Mazaj Mediterranean Cuisine

230 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0W6

There’s nothing fancy about this downtown shawarma spot, but the food outshines the atmosphere. Its shawarma sandwiches are served crispy with a tasty garlic sauce, or you can go for a traditional shawarma platter, which features a wrap with some no-frills sides.

House Of Kabab

The restaurant is a little rough around the edges, but House of Kabob serves up some top-notch Persian cuisine. The chicken and beef shawarma sandwiches and platters are tasty and well priced, and, as the restaurant’s name implies, the menu also features several succulent kabob sandwiches and platters.

Family & Alsaiedy Ltd

1512 14 St Sw, Calgary, AB T3C 1C9

A Beltline favourite for late-night snackers, Shawarma Knight does takeout and catering, but there’s also enough room inside to sit and enjoy your food. Choose from chicken and lamb (or a mix of both) shawarma platters and sandwiches as well as vegetarian and beef-donair sandwiches and platters. The garlic sauce is optional, but ask for extra – it makes the meal.

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