King of Donairs. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


A variation known as “donair” was introduced in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in the early 1970s. Peter Gamoulakos immigrated to Canada in 1959. When he failed in his attempt to sell traditional gyros, Gamoulakos adapted the dish to local tastes. He substituted beef for lamb and created a sweet sauce. Tom Maynard claimed he invented the donair in 1972 and that it debuted at King of Donair’s Quinpool Road location in 1973, but this cannot be confirmed. In 2015 Halifax named donair the official food of the city. (

Article on donairs:

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8 thoughts on “King of Donairs. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.”

  1. This is great! Good photo and good links. I enjoy reading about the geology of food and how dishes get from one place to another. That link about Halifax donairs is fascinating. Here Donor kebabs introduced by the Turks with lamb and all the trimmings is still a popular treat after the nightclubs.

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      1. Poutine (/puːˈtiːn/; Quebec French: [put͡sɪn] ( listen)) is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. Here in NS it is spelled putin. It is a heart attack waiting tp happen.

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      2. That sounds bad, but stuck in snow it might be something I could find desirable . There is a similar Irish Gaelic word Poitín pronounced similarly (anglicised as potcheen or poteen) but that is a strong whisky made from potatoes.

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  2. Enjoyed the links. I hadn’t heard of donairs before – my first thought was that they must be some sort of doughnut. I never thought that they were a variation on donar kebabs. Shows how wrong you can be!

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