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Shawarma Knight, Cgy

John Manzo | Jan 6, 200807:44 PM

Shawarma Knight is at 1512 14 St SW in Calgary- it's right next door to Vogglio d'Pizza, which has been getting lots of buzz here and elsewhere. SK replaces "Shawama King," which went belly up after some... problems... and I just thought that SK was a rebranding effort due to the King's bad press (and Yen, yes, my honeymoon there did end eventually!). I dropped in there out of pure curiosity a few weeks ago and have become a loyal customer. They don't do anything earth-shattering, but they sell nice sandwiches (chicken and lamb shawarma and donairs, and falafels of course) and a couple of interesting other noshes.

SK a family business with the family in question being one of the most hospitable group of people I have ever met. They're Iraqi although the menu itself is typical Western-Canada Lebanese as I've just mentioned. They don't have stews or matlouba or any of the plates as they have at another Calgary Iraqi joint that I very much love (Babylon, at 28th and Memorial SE) ; they do however have an absolutely delectable side that I must mention because I've never seen it before: It's basically a deep-fried potato stuffed with ground beef. I do not know what this delicacy is called (I should have asked) but it's just too much good happening all at once- like a burger and fries in one swallow. Really intriguing.

I've had the chicken shawarma and the donairs there (I've become addicted to donairs since overdosing on them on my trip to Germany in October), very neatly constructed and good value. This isn't Tazza (yet) but it's a nice example of a neighbourhood shawarma place with what might be the friendliest service I've encountered in years.

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