I did a brief exchange program in Bourges, France back in 1988; when my program finished, I headed to Paris for a week and then toured Europe for about a month. While in Paris on my first day, a fellow student took me to Feyrouz Deli where I experienced my very first Chicken Shwarma sandwich. I can still remember sitting on a bench under the elevated subway eating it. It was awesome and every day after that I had one while I was in Paris. It was just down the street from the little hotel where I was staying. I went back to that same deli in 1998 and it had grown to a full service restaurant.
I love Shwarma's and I make it point to know all the good ones in Houston. I have tried them from many different places in Houston and have narrowed my favorites down to 3.
My absolute, bar none, shut my mouth and slap your grandma favorite is at Aladdin's Mediterranean Grill on the corner of Montrose and Westheimer. I don't know what they do to the meat there, but it's awesome. I'm not a big fan of their Hummus, unless it's been in my fridge for a day, then it tastes better.
My close second would be Pheonician's Deli on Westheimer between Kirkwood and Dairy Ashford, across from Luby's. It's their garlic yogurt sauce. The garlic sauce is balanced by the roasted potato they include. They actually have extra amounts of it in their condiments bar and it is soooo yummy, you pump it into a little plastic cup like the ones you see for ketchup at MacDonalds. I like to dip pita bread in it.
And then lastly, Cafe Lili's at Chimney Rock and Westheimer, west of James Coney Island. I love their Hummus and they put pickled veggies in their Shwarma. I like to sit and eat there. It's a family owned restaurant and the father likes to walk around the restaurant offering turkish coffee to the guests. He's a very sweet older gentleman.
Ok, my friends, there you have it. If ever you are in Houston or Paris, now you know where to go to get a good Chicken Shwarma sandwich.