Super shawarma

illustration by mark stivers

Babylon City Market

1745 Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95825

In the midst of a battle to save the planet during the recent superhero movie The Avengers, Iron Man tells Captain America that he craves shawarma. According to The Huffington Post, that single mention of the Middle-Eastern sandwich in the film boosted business for some California shawarma makers. Fine by me. Sacramento already has its fair share of delicious and underappreciated shawarma joints. One of my favorites is Pita Kitchen Plus (2989 Arden Way). The Mediterranean restaurant serves a mean (and large) shawarma sandwich—topped with a flavorful garlic tahini sauce—for less than $5. A slightly different version of the sandwich can be found at Babylon City Market (1745 Watt Avenue). Its version excels due to a combination of a freshly baked Iraqi bread called samoon, pickled veggies and your choice of meat. Both Pita Kitchen Plus and Babylon City Market also offer Middle-Eastern and international groceries.