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Three Shwarmas and a Gyro walk into a bar...


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Three Shwarmas and a Gyro walk into a bar...

gourmaniac | Apr 12, 2011 08:28 AM

Based on a previous post, I decided to do the comparison thing with 4 places in the last couple of weeks: Beef/Lamb Shwarmas from Garlic and Lemons, Fordees and Saab's Market and a pork Gyro from Esperia.

Garlic and Lemons: Good but not great. Bread and veggies and sauces are good but the meat tastes strange to me. Overtenderized as to be mushy and not flavorful despite the marinade (~$7).

Fordees. Worst of the lot. I love their falafel so I was hopeful that they knew their way around a shwarma. My first clue should have been the lack of a vertical spit. A plastic container of loose meat was griddle fried and placed in a wrap similar to their falafel. Cubes of beef, oversalted and underspiced ($8)

Saab's Their grill at the back of the market was the real thing. Two vertical spits (chicken and a mix of beef and lamb) properly topped with peppers etc. When ordered, the cook sliced a generous portion as it spun past the heater, placed the slices onto the pita, veggies, turnip pickles and then sauced with tahini and a sprinkle of dry spice. The shwarma was wrapped in foil and lightly pressed to warm the pita. Really good flavor and texture and good balance to the meat and veggies ($5) and a very generous portion at the lowest price. The chicken shwarma has french fries in the wrap , which I recall from Paris shwarma stands and always enjoyed (what isn't better with fries except dessert?).

Esperia I love the bread here. It is griddled and slightly greasy in a good way. The bread is much better than the other three. Thin sheets of pork on a vertical spit thin sheets that are then griddled. Not the ground product, which is tasty in its own right. Not exactly a shwarma but I include this cuz its just so darn tasty ($7).

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