Shawarma Time – Ellice Avenue

Shawarma Time on the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street is one of the oldest Shawarma places in Winnipeg. Despite having lived in the area for the best part of 13 years, I’ve only gone in a couple of times over the years. The main reason for not stopping in was that although the food was quite good, I found the place to be a little on the run down side, and not a particularly pleasant space.

Shawarma Time Grape Leaves

The stuffed grape leaves from Shawarma Time

However, recently I went back because I was looking for something good and cheap. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to see that they have made some changes to the decor. The most notable thing is large, flat screens that display the menu and catch your eye as you walk in. This has reduced the number of unattractive pictures that lined the one wall. In general the tables and chairs also look much better and the general cleanliness of the place is much higher.

I was quite hungry my first visit, so I decided I would order a couple of appetizers and one of their pies. I chose Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kibbe, and one of the their Cheese and Spinach Pies. Continue reading


Best Meal – Food Truck

Well, spring has arrived and the food trucks are slowly trickling back out onto the street. So far, I have noticed only one new one. I believe the Extreme Fries Truck is a repainted version of the one that was out before, but I could be corrected. (NB I have been corrected, it has a new owner as well, Bobbie Mack) The new truck on the streets is called Best Meal.

Underlined or not, it's a hard name to live up to.

Underlined or not, it’s a hard name to live up to.

Best Meal serves the usual assortment of hot dogs and hamburgers, but specializes in Middle Easter cuisine. Among the offerings are falafels, shawarma, and something I’d never heard of called Kibbe (it’s sort of a ground beef filled Falafel). I’ll state outright, these weren’t the best meals I’ve had. However, give the owners credit for wanting to make a splash with a new truck. So, reverting to my Food Truck review format, here are my thoughts.


Most of the entrees are in the $6.00 to $8.00 range. The wraps I had were both at the bottom end and were stuffed with good fillings. In particular the beef shawarma had plenty of beef. The combos add about $2.50 to the bill, and I received a good portion of chips with my kibbe. As a bonus, canned drinks are only $1.25, better than just about any truck. 5/5 Continue reading