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Village Pita Bakery, Calgary: The best chicken shawarma I've ever had.

John Manzo | Feb 9, 200806:45 PM

Village Pita Bakery is in Short Pants Plaza, 28th SE and Memorial. We stopped there for lunch and I was prepared to get what I always get: a "meat pie," which is actually a Sfeeha, crispy and delicious and cheap- partner and I usually get three and split one (ie, one and half pies each). And they are SUPERB. Well, today I noticed "chicken pocket" ($6.95) on the menu and tried it while partner got 2 meat pies.

Out comes the "chicken pocket" and it looks like a sfeeha but with sliced chicken inside- it was toasted like the meat pies are, folded in half; then the lady behind the counter unfolds it and asks if I'd like "everything." I don't know what "everything" is but it turned out to be diced tomatoes, pickled wild cukes, pickled turnip, hot peppers, and tons of what turned out to be garlic sauce.

Oh. My. God. It was delicious. It was different from any shawarma I've had, in part because the pita was pizza-crust crispy, the pickles added this sublime, complex taste (it didn't just taste of vinegar or whatever despite having three different pickled things), and the garlic sauce was incredible, with a tiny bit of sweetness to it. It was pure pleasure. Next time, I'm getting two.

I've had perfectly amazing shawarma in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, and at places like Tazza and A&A in Calgary. I've never had any this delicious.

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