When it comes to delicious shawarma, the GTA certainly gives Ottawa (a.k.a. the shawarma capital of Canada) a run for its tabouleh. From platters to pitas and even poutines, there are so many ways to enjoy this mouth-watering meat dish. So if you’re hungry for some Middle Eastern eats, we’ve rounded up 11 of the very best GTA shawarma spots so you can indulge yourself. 

Nothing beats the combination of flavourful meat smeared with all of the hummus and garlic sauce your heart can handle.

Not to mention all of the bright and delicious veggies that go along with it. Perfectly pink pickles, fresh tabouleh, lettuce, onion, the list goes on and on.

You had us at pink pickles if we’re being honest here. 

And, with usually decent prices and large portions, shawarma makes an ideal date-night dinner for anyone who’s watching their spending. 

Luckily, no matter where you’re located throughout the GTA, odds are there’s a shawarma place near you. 

So if you’re stumped for what to have for dinner tonight, why not head out and give one of these places a try.

Dr. Laffa

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Kosher, Middle Eastern  

Address: 3519 Bathurst St., North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: After being featured on The Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here, it's no surprise that the shawarma here is something to rave about.

Lezzet Shawarma 

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Mediterranean 

Address: 4120 Dixie Rd., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: This little gem offers huge portions and low prices, just the way we like it. Plus, the hummus here is creamy and so flavourful. 

Armenian Kitchen

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Middle Eastern 

Address: 1646 Victoria Park Ave., North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you love fresh pickles with your shawarma, then this place will not disappoint. 

Lulu's Shawarma

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Address: 32 John St. N., Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Now, this place might be small but they've got a go-big-or-go-home mentality when it comes to flavour. You seriously can't go wrong with their chicken shawarma. 

Helmand Kabab House

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Afghani

Address: 190 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax, ON

Why You Need To Go: Kababs might be the star of the show here, but you absolutely need to try the shawarma poutine for something a little different. 

Taste of Shawarma 

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Middle Eastern 

Address: 2488 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: This Toronto spot has many loyal foodies and we can see why. If we may suggest something, you should definitely try the beef plate.

Shawarma Baghdad

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Mediterranean 

Address: 1975 Cottrelle Blvd., Brampton, ON

Why You Need To Go: The shawarma here is perfect for all you garlic lovers out there. But, if you're looking for something a little lighter, try the Shawarma Baghdad Salad.

Shawarma Flavors 

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Middle Eastern 

Address: 755 Dundas St. W., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: This spot has great deals and both the chicken and beef shawarma are full of flavour. Perfect for a budget date night. 

Lebanon Express 

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Halal 

Address: 439 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can expect bright, fresh ingredients and decent prices at this Toronto spot. Plus, the dessert is pretty good too.

Neighbour Shawarma & Subs

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Shawarma 

Address: 969 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This is the kind of neighbour we wish we had, to be honest. They bake fresh nan bread daily and it's so yummy, especially when it's stuffed with shawarma. 

Delicious Shawarma & Falafel 

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Middle Eastern 

Address: 10-2950 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough, ON

Why You Need To Go: The name pretty much says it all here, to be honest. The shawarma meat is the perfect combo of juicy and crispy for that melt-in-your-mouth sensation. 

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