Shawarma in Orlando? The Avengers bring light to the delish dish

Shawarma in Orlando? The Avengers bring light to the delish dish

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“There’s a shawarma place a few blocks from here, I never tried it, but I want to” – Tony Stark aka Iron Man in The Avengers

There’s been a lot of buzz lately since the release of the new Avengers film where Iron Man, played by Robert Downey, Jr. gets the gang to try shawarma at the end of the film.

What is Shawarma?
Shawarma is a popular Arab meat preparation, where goat, lamb, chicken, beef, or mixed meats are placed on a spit and grilled and can be served in shavings on a plate or as a pita bread sandwich or wrap made with shawarma meat. Shawarma is eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber. Toppings include tahini, hummus, pickled turnips and amba.

 

There are a few places in Orlando where you can pick some Shawarma up, in both platter and gyro sandwich form:

Middle East Market & Deli
http://www.middleeastdeli.com/
8100 S Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 855-6555

Habibi USA
http://habibiusa.com/
2451 South Hiawassee Road
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 802-4242
6651 S. Semoran Blvd. #108
Orlando, FL, 32822
(407)730-3958
8607 Palm Parkway Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32836
(407) 239-0128 ?

Flame Kabob
7536 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-2280

Whitewood Mediterranean Grill
www.whitewoodgrill.com/
1 South Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 999-8959

Mediterranean Deli and Gyros
9430 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32825
(407) 271-8937

Chaat House
www.chaathouseorlando.com/
9472 S Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 240-4922

Cedar Halal Food & Deli
http://www.facebook.com/Cedarhalalorlando
12100 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 381-8004

Mediterranean Deli
www.myspace.com/med_deli
981 W Fairbanks Ave
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 539-2650

Cedar’s Restaurant
http://www.orlandocedars.com
7732 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 351-6000

Falafel Cafe
http://www.falafelcafe.com
12140 Collegiate Way
Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 382-6600

Mediterranean Blue
mediterraneanblue.net
435 E Michigan St
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 422-2583

Balagan Kosher Mediterranean Café
UCF Student Union
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 882-0701

Tangierine Café
at Disney’s EPCOT – Morocco Pavilion
1510 North Avenue of the Stars
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 939-3463

Avalon Pockets
http://www.avalonpockets.com/
3564 Avalon Park East BLVD
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: 407-601-6997

Fantastic Hummus Food Truck
Tasty Tuesday in Milk District,Food Truck Bazaar,
Maitland Farmer’s market,College park farmer’s market
http://fantastichummus.com/
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Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

6 COMMENTS

  1. Dear TastyChomps,

    First, thanks for making this blog. 

    Second, there are Shwarms and then there are Shwarmas.  The ones I try to find use real lamb, sliced and marinated and stacked (see the enchanting Shoarma Papa video), NOT the chopped, pressed, formed and extruded industrial lamb-analog cylinders (see the 2nd picture in the entry above for an example).

    In the USA, from one end to the other, it is easy to find gigantic extruded shwarma sandwiches and for what they are, they can be pretty tasty.  It’s harder to find a vendor using high quality lamb and making smaller, more expensive shwarmas.  Are there any of these guys operating in Orlando?

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