Eddie’s Donair vs. Swiss Donair

by Cindy

North Edmonton, relatively unexplored territory. Yet for over the twenty plus years of residence, it was reigned by Swiss Donair when it comes to shawarma, an Arabic meat preparation of various meats, kept on a vertical rotating spit and carved to serve. Then up came Eddie’s Donair a few years ago and all of a sudden the reign was at question. Uprising, revolt, whatever you can call it, the public (I’m talking about my friends here) argued who was the supreme donair king. For years, Swiss Donair has been the hangout of choice. Fond memories of junior and high school times, late night eats, an Oiler’s hockey game here and there, Swiss Donair in my mind has always been the best donair of the city, much less north Edmonton. With more and more of my friends now suggesting Eddie’s Donair as the new “it” place, I just had to do a side by side comparison. Bring in the experts.

Meet Josh, human garburator. I have known Josh since junior high and he has been my personal garburator for some time, eating my leftovers throughout university and thus allowing me to order whatever and however much I want. A former Swiss fan, he is probably responsible for all of my friends converting to Eddie’s. Slight bias to Eddie’s noted. Meet Petey, LET’S OM NOM’s biggest fan. That’s self explanatory, but Petey’s love for food has no boundaries. Enjoys Swiss, prefers Homestyle (south Edmonton), and has never tried Eddie’s. And Sharon, non-biased donair judge. You’ve met her before, a harsher critic than I am. Has tried both Swiss’ and Eddie’s but has no favorite. I assembled the four of us together at my house for a Eddie’s Donair vs Swiss Donair throwdown last week and here’s what happened.

Eddie's Donair

Eddie’s Donair

 

Both are easy to find in north Edmonton, although Eddie’s Donair is a little bit more residential. Plenty of parking there, whereas Swiss’ is harder pressed.

Eddie's Donair Interior

Eddie’s Donair Interior

Swiss Donair Interior, Photo Credit: Josh

Swiss Donair Interior, Photo Credit: Josh

 

I went to go order and pick up at Eddie’s for the night. There was only one guy behind the counter and only one person in front of me ordering to go. Nobody dining in. Josh was responsible for the Swiss pick up, who on the other hand, was packed! Tons of people ordering, and half the seats full. Swiss wins hands down for atmosphere for that night.

Eddie's Cheese Donair

Eddie’s Cheese Donair

Swiss Cheese Donair

Swiss Cheese Donair

We arrived simultaneously at my house, perfect timing! Two regular cheese donairs and large fries from Eddie’s – $20. Two regular cheese donairs and small fries from Swiss’ – $18.50.

Eddie's vs. Swiss

Eddie’s vs. Swiss

Between the four of us, we each got half a donair. Here’s the side by side.

Eddie's Donair

Eddie’s Donair

Eddie’s pros: thicker cuts of meat, more meat ratio than vegetables (this could be positive or negative, depending), and a thicker pita bread (thank you Petey for observing that!). The sauce was sweeter compared to Swiss’ and a pepper-y aftertaste. Eddie’s cons: I would have liked more sauce!

Swiss Cheese Donair

Swiss Cheese Donair

Swiss’ pros: Meat was moist and tender, with a crispier edge, suggesting that they reheated it in the pan for a good amount of time before wrapping. Swiss’ cons:  Not sure if maybe there was more sauce or not, but the thinner pita bread made it harder to eat. Nobody likes a mess!

Verdict: A unanimous vote for Eddie’s Donair as the winner. Who would have thought. Both were very close, but when eaten side by side, we all had a preference. Sharon was the first to conclude she liked Eddie’s better. According to Josh, Swiss’ Donair has declined in quality, and it’s glory days are over. Perhaps so. Josh, Petey, and myself agreed that Swiss’ meat was better prepared, and yet we all came back to Eddie’s to finish off. Other considerations: the fries from Eddie’s were deliciously deep fried and out-shined Swiss’ fries although those had seasoning salt. Both portion of fries were the same size, Eddie’s being the more expensive. Both donairs cost the same, $7 each, although Eddie’s had more meat if that’s your thing. We all agreed that both were good enough that whatever was closest or on the way would be the donair of choice. If the four of us were on council though, Eddie’s Donair is the new reigning king of north Edmonton. What do you think?

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Eddie’s Donair
www.eddiesdonair.com
16757 – 91 St
(780) 457-4555

Eddie's Donair on Urbanspoon

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Swiss Donair
www.swissdonair.com
8308 – 144 Ave
(780) 377-7777

Swiss Donair on Urbanspoon

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