The cranky-on-the-outside/sweet-on-the-inside technicians at work always know the best, cheap places to eat. That’s how I found Jimmy’s A&A Deli in the
northeast northwest. Some guys call it Jimmy’s; others call it A&A; I call it frickin’ addictive and awesome.
You know what’s bigger than that? Their shawarmas.
Behold, a SMALL chicken shawarma ($7.50).
(Thank you Albert for your model hands. He’s also cranky on the outside and sits next to me at work.)
Jimmy’s crams so much juicy, roasted chicken into their shawarmas that the pita bread barely folds up, much less wraps around. I get mine with everything: lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers, creamy garlic sauce, and sriracha hot sauce.
It’s huge and messy and completely delicious. God help you if you don’t grab a fork and at least eight napkins.
As I sat eating (more, like tackling) one at my desk one afternoon, some of the guys walked over, saw me with food all over my face and fingers, smiled knowingly and said, “Went to Jimmy’s eh? Good call.”
Jimmy’s A&A Deli, 1401-20th Ave.
NE NW, Calgary, (403) 261-2090.