Donair Smackdown: a taste-off between three Toronto takes on the late-night Halifax wrap
Donairs seem to have been invented by Lebanese-Haligonian pizza merchants for the exclusive purpose of absorbing a night’s worth of Alexander Keith’s. Fuzz Box, a Danforth hole-in-the-wall, comes closest to matching that authentic beer sop experience. The beef is tender, the pita chewy and the sauce exactingly recreated with canned milk, garlic, vinegar and sugar. The whole thing is wrapped in tinfoil and drips all over your chin. It’s near perfect. $6.50. 1246 Danforth Ave., 416-769-1432.
The upscale wrap at Hopgood’s Foodliner has the fluffiest pita and best quality meat, but it loses points for not-sweet-enough sauce. Plus, there’s no reason to eat a donair within dribbling distance of cloth napkins. $14. 325 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-533-2723.
The new East Coast street food stall Wiggle Room technically makes a donair burger, with a lamb-beef patty and bun instead of a pita. But there are tomatoes and onions in proper measure, and the sauce is bang on. For a quick taste of Halifax, it does the job. $8. 707 Dundas St. W., 647-638-6779.