Trying the official food of Halifax

Do you know what the official food of Halifax is? If you guessed lobster I would not blame you. They even sell it in the airport!

However, the official food of Halifax is actually the donair. Actually, the doner is a Turkish dish made of kebap that is vertically roasted on a spit.

The story goes that a Greek immigrant introduced the food in the Halifax area but later became pronounced donair. Also, in order to adapt the donair for local tastes, he came up with a unique sweet sauce made of condensed milk, vinegar, and garlic. The first place we tried it was at Rugova’s pizza. I did a lot of research to select the places and this one kept coming up. We had a donair and slice of pizza.

The donair was weird due to the sweet sauce. I am a big fan of savory donairs, and I could not wrap my head around the sweetness of the Halifax style. It almost overpowers everything else, and was extremely sticky and messy. Definitely drunk at 3AM type food. I would not get it here again. Anyway, I decided to give it another try on a different day and decided on Tony’s Famous Donair.

Now, there are a couple of things people will say are “must eats” in Halifax. One is a donair, and the second are garlic fingers.

The garlic fingers are deliciously addictive. The donair here was better than the first place. Not as sweet. If I lived in Halifax, I would probably come back here though my preference would still be a savory only donair. There are other places in town that are known for their donairs that we did not get around to trying. Maybe next time.

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