What is the Halifax “donair”, and why does it have (sort of) cult status? The donair is much like a typical doner kebab, but uses fresh, lean ground beef and a slightly sweet milk-based garlic sauce. Legend has it that it was created in a small tavern in Greece, and introduced to Canada in 1973. Today you can order donair pizza and donair subs in addition to the original – hard to believe, but Nova Scotian expats often experience severe homesickness for this eastern Mediterranean delight. See what the fuss is all about at these illustrious locations:
King of Donair 1580 Grafton St t 902 422 0000, w kingofdonair.ca. The mini-chain that claims to have started the donair craze back in the 1970s still knocks out some of the best ($4.99–10.99), as well as donair pizza (from $9.99). Mon–Wed & Sun 10am–2am, Thurs–Sat 10am–4am.
Tony’s Donair & Pizza 2390 Robie St t 902 404 8669, w tonysdonair.ca. Tony has provided friendly competition since 1976, with donairs from $9.95. Mon & Tues 11am–2am, Wed & Thurs 11am–3am, Fri & Sat 11am–4am, Sun 2pm–2am.

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