Focus on Avenue Businesses
A Donair….Extraordinaire !
Donair Express, located at 8523 – 118th Ave, is home to some of Edmonton’s finest, and most original donair sandwiches. At Donair Express, they make donairs the traditional way. They start out with 100% pure Alberta Beef, no fillings and no bindings. Then they add your choice of their homemade specialty sauces – traditional sweet sauce, honey and herb, garlic, and Tzatziki – to give you a unique, delicious donair experience you can’t find anywhere else.
Samir Bleibel (pictured) has been the owner of Donair Express for about five years, but it has been in his family since it first opened in the mid 1970’s. It began as “Mr. Donair”, and the name changed in 1989 to “Donair Express”. They have a full menu including hamburgers, sub sandwiches, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, poutine fries, and more, but donairs have always been their specialty. Donair Express serves both beef and chicken donairs.
The atmosphere at Donair Express is warm and friendly. Customers come in for the conversation as well as the great food. Samir and many in his family have worked at Donair Express much of their lives and Alberta Avenue is their home and community. Samir said most of his customers are friends as well. Donari Express opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. each day and closes at 11 p.m. on weekdays, 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s a great place to go after an Oiler’s game to have some great food and relive the key moments of the game and maybe even celebrate a victory.
Samir said he’s been pleased to see the current work of rebuilding the area and community on Alberta Avenue. He feels the Avenue has come a long way, and he likes the changes that have been taking place. The next step is changing the image of Alberta Avenue in the eyes of those who aren’t part of the community, Samir said, helping others to see all the changes and good that is happening.
Check them out today…You’ll be glad you did!