Anyone who’s lived in Halifax knows the donair is among Canada’s greatest culinary creations. The tender, succulent meat. The lightly fried bread. And that delicious, unbelievable sweet sauce.
It practically puts McDonald’s and shawarma to shame as the No.1 drunk food of choice.
Unfortunately for the rest of Canada, however, they’ve taken a little while longer to make the same discovery. In fact, we’d bet some Canadians probably still don’t even know what a donair is at all–which is completely unacceptable.
That’s why we were thrilled when the city of Halifax finally named the delicious dish as its official food, giving it the recognition it has long deserved.
For those who’ve never eaten one, donairs are wraps that closely mimic Greek gyros, but there are some key differences. Spiced, thinly sliced pressed beef (and occasionally lamb) is placed on a pita and then typically topped with diced tomatoes, raw onions and a signature garlicky sweet sauce. The result is a little piece of heaven.
Some critics haven’t been thrilled with the move, arguing seafood should have been named Halifax’s official food instead. But that contention doesn’t really make sense when you consider seafood dishes like lobster aren’t unique to the city. Additionally, donairs must be stirring up cravings and attention of some kind, as there are restaurants all over Canada that attempt to mimic the east-coast dish everyday.
So what are you waiting for? Now’s your chance to finally try one.