Chicken Shawarma at Amira Bakery & Deli
Why We Love It: We recently named this Lebanese cafe in University Hills our Gem of the Week for its incredible, pizzalike manaeesh and puffs of fresh-baked pita. But the cooks behind the counter use a thinner, lavoshlike flatbread to assemble their sandwiches, piling in chicken shawarma they shave off the upright spit in plain sight, along with cubed fried potatoes, pickles and plenty of fragrant garlic sauce. Tightly rolled, the result isn't as big as some versions, but the juicy and smoky flavors are huge.
Insider’s Tip: We can't explain it, but in addition to crowds of the owners' compatriots, Amira attracts a diverse mix of customers that makes for serious people-watching: a group of towering basketball players chest-deep in food at one table, kids whose banter seems ripped from the script of Clerks at another.
4101 E. Evans Ave.; 303-756-7700