The Avengers: Rise of the Shawarma

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Anyone who has ever watched a movie based on a Marvel comic knows you've got to stay put until after the final credits roll. There's always a clip that alludes to the sequel, prequel or a spin-off -- but no one would have imagined that the post-credits scene from The Avengers would spark a major shawarma buzz. The less-than-a-minute scene shows the Avengers team at an unnamed restaurant eating shawarma. The setup takes place toward the end of the movie, when Iron Man (played perfectly by Robert Downey Jr.) suddenly craves a shawarma.

"Have you ever tried shawarma?" he asks Captain America (Chris Evans). "There's a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don't know what it is, but I want to try it." And with that, sales at Middle Eastern restaurants around the country and particularly on the West Coast are supposedly skyrocketing. People who have never heard of shawarma before are clamoring to find it.

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After catching the movie -- in 3-D, because there's no other way to watch a superhero movie -- we found ourselves on the shawarma-craving bandwagon. Thankfully, here in Houston we know a thing or two about the shawarma -- or meat spinning on a vertical spit, thinly sliced and rolled into a soft pita. After all, we've got Shawarma King, Phoenicia's and Abdallah's -- their shawarma made Katharine Shilcutt's favorite-dishes list in 2011.

Somehow, though, we ended up at Fadi's Mediterranean and though it didn't disappoint, it didn't hit the spot, either. I had a hankering for beef -- I think superheroes would be fans of beef, the Hulk in particular -- but unfortunately, they had just started cooking the beef on the spit and it wasn't done, so we settled for chicken. The sides at Fadi's have always been better than the entrées for me, and with the shawarma came spicy hummus, baba ghanoush, a Greek salad and a mushroom salad.

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The chicken shawarma came with garlic sauce, tomatoes and pickles all wrapped in a thin pita. The chicken was well-marinated, not at all dry, but it's the garlic sauce that really did it for me, flavorful but subtle. And I always ask for extra pickles and hot sauce. The pita bread was what fell short for me -- it hardened after a few minutes, making it hard to chew. The sides, as expected, were as good as I remembered. It was a meal that left me wanting to explore Houston's shawarma offerings again -- I had forgotten how good they could be. And seriously, if superheroes and demigods are eating it, it must be damn good.

Where is your favorite place for shawarma?



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Location Info

Shawarma King

3121 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

12141 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Abdallah's

3939 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

8383 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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22 comments
brasscul
brasscul

if you want to eat at the restaurant they filmed at, your going to have to go to los angeles. the place is on pico blvd called eilat burger

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

The chicken shawarma at Phoenicia downtown is huge and gloriously tasty, with zippy garlic mayo sauce, tomatoes, potatoes, freshly baked pita -- way better than Fadi's which had a watered down flavor to it the one time I sampled it.

Kalis Uraya Iacon
Kalis Uraya Iacon

I am no where near Shawarma King, but here in Atlanta we have a place that I enjoy. Mykonos Grill serves it with rice, pita bread, and hummus. 

Guest
Guest

Good and cheap...Pete's Truck at W. Alabama Ice House! (You have to ask for the Chicken, they keep it a secret)

The Lino
The Lino

That pita bread was horrible.

But your shawarma picture looks good!  You can see a lot of detail in that there pic!

trisch
trisch

That clip only plays in U.S. theaters! I forced my husband (who hates sitting through credits) to wait to the very end, and nada. I had to go watch a bootleg version of the clip on youtube. But now my problem is how to feed the crave -- shawarmas are few and far between here deep in the heart of China. :(

CarlsbadVillageOrthodontist
CarlsbadVillageOrthodontist

There seems to be a shawarma boom going on, it was also slightly featured in the first minutes of MIB3. The meat with the works can be a very a great lunch meal too.

tinyhands
tinyhands

Pita is always the weak link for either shawarma or gyro. 10 Cafe (now Udipi cafe) used to have the hands down best, because they used tortilla instead of pita. I noticed that they changed back to pita and went out of business shortly thereafter. Other pita purveyors should take note.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Only place I've ever had a Shwarma was/is at Mama's Po Boy/Zabak's.  Damn good.  Get a small felafel while you're there.

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller

Totally not helpful, but Shwarma shel Shuki in Kiryat Malachi is the greatest schwarma in the world. In addition to pita and laffa (because no self-respecting schwarma eater asks for pita), there's also freshly baked baguettes. The charif/schoog is the best in the world, and the chetzi-chetzi meat combo makes the entire thing an amazing experience.

There is, unfortunately, no schwarma in America that even comes close. Not in New York, not in Houston, not anywhere.

Shaman
Shaman

Up here in Canada's Capital, Maroush Int'l Shawarma pwns all. Why? Not only is the garlic sauce out of this world but their sweet sauce is just as heavenly, not to mention how manditorily tasty their tahini sauce is. But... wait for it... ALL THREE, on a bed of rice (no less), INSIDE a chicken shawarma... it... it just blows your mouth to smitherines! You just haven't lived until you go head first overboard is what i'm sayin'. A simple pita chicken sandwich is for sissies. Go for broke! Your welcome ;)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Try the Chicken Shawarma wrap at Cafe Mezza & Grille...delicious!

Cat
Cat

The best is at Droubi's!

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan

When I was working downtown,  I would go to Droubi's in the tunnel system at least once a week for their chicken shawarma sandwich with a side of tabouli.  Always ordered a side of the garlic sauce. Bad breath be damned, I just loved that stuff. Filled me up without feeling like I had a lead balloon in my stomach afterwards, plus walking in the tunnels back to my office staved off some  of that post lunch drag.

 Alas, I work on the North Side now, with nary a Middle Eastern joint nearby. 

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

Can we get one of the EOW staff to get out to Westhiemer & Hilcroft to try House Of Kabob? They've got better hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and shawarma than any of the places you guys are always touting. Good surly service too, not John Katsimikis level surly, but close.

Megan
Megan

I LOVE the fact that they have the "A" grade posted on the wall by the soda machine!  Oh, New York....  :D 

Corey
Corey

Shawarma king rules, namely that divine garlic sauce, I'd probably bathe in that. Sam's an ace gent too.

Corey
Corey

Nothing in Canada pwns, just sayin'... Well maple syrup, and poutine... I guess..

Corey
Corey

Much better at the King, go try it. 

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

 I don't know how far North you are but there is both Dimassi's and The OIive Oil in The Woodlands.TA

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