The good stuff first. This is a cute little restaurant, very clean. It used to be a tatoo parlour but they relocated next door after this shop flooded a couple of years ago. Shannon Donair is mostly a take out joint. There is a counter at the window with some stools for people who are eating in. A small table and 2 chairs set up outside.
I was also there on opening day, first week of August 2011, and stood in line for about 40 minutes for a free donair. The cut off point for freebies was a few people behind me. Everyone else was half price for the rest of the day. Nice opening day promotion. I picked up a beef donair. Not a lot of meat and not that good tasting but this was opening day. They may have cut back on the quantity and quality to get the free donairs moving or still getting the hang of things. On opening day there were 4 people working in the restaurant. A young man who I always see there since. He is very pleasant, good customer service. Seems like a decent hard working young man. I like him. Also on opening day was a woman about the same age as him. Maybe his wife or sister? She was rather abrupt and not very nice to the customers. Probably got dragged in to help out on opening day and unhappy about it. Haven't seen her since. There was an older couple also working in the kitchen, possibly his parents. I've seen the older man a couple of other times helping out but usually its only the younger proprietor working solo in the restaurant.
We've gone back a couple of times. The donairs are OK. Nothing to write home about. Cost starting at $5 each and goes up from there depending on what kind of donair is wanted or to combine it with a salad.
Hours are 10am until 8pm. Closed on Sundays.
Not really a good location, off 176th Street so it doesn't get much walk in traffic which might lead to an early demise for this restaurant. It'll be nice to see them do well seeing as how the young man has worked hard to get this business going. Location, location.
I don't get the few other negative reviews. I've had nothing but good experiences in the two times I've been there, and plan to go back. Friendly owners, fresh meat and veggies and a healthy portion for the price. I've only been there twice, but, as I work in the area and like fresh healthy choices it's a good lunch solution. I've been to the Middle East, and I find the food very authentic as far as flavor profiles go.
Since this little place has opened I've already had my "free" donair. After you purchase 7 donairs, the 8th one is free. The restaurant is clean, cute and tiny. The owners are very friendly and the food is delicious. I always get the chicken donair but my girlfriend always gets the "platters". Tons of food. I go there at least twice a week and recommend it to everyone.
Came across this newly opened restaurant and so happy we did! We ordered the Lebanese Falafel wrap and it was sooo yummy! Super fresh ingredients!! We actually made a trip out there this past weekend just to get another wrap for lunch and once again the same quality. Haven't tried the meat as we are veg so can't say what those are like, however I was in one of the shops and the ladies there were recommending the donairs to a friend. The owners are super friendly too!
This restaurant was disgusting to say the least. The people working there were rude!! I heard them swearing as I walked in the store. They were not friendly or welcoming what-so-ever. I felt very uncomfortable and felt ripped off when I was given a poorly put together very small and un-tasteful soggy Donair. I was actually sick later that day from what I ate. The meat was rubbery and I don't think was even fully cooked. The staff put my meal together as fast as possible it seemed and I couldn't even eat it , NEVER AGAIN will I go back to that dump.
I went to Shannon's "donair" opening day. and i waited in line for their free donair give away lunch period for 45 minutes. When I reached the front not only did i have to pay for everything with a slight cheap discount. I had the feeling that the Arabic being spoken snidely was in my direction. Maybe because i ordered alot of food and held the liner up slightly, but i thought i would have been appreciated for the business. My food was thrown together with unwashed, ungloved hands that had just mashed buttons on the till and handled my money. I think they may have forgotten to put meat in my supposed "donair". I don't think these ppl know what a donair really is. These are pint sized baby wraps. The meat is gross and chewy, and the sauce is bitter. What is "halal" meat anyways? I will never go back. Sorry. But the public should be warned.