Review: Vegetarian Shawarma at California Adventure

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Like all Marvel fans, the after credit scenes are a must watch for a multitude of reasons including to see what’s about to come to fruition. At the end of 2012’s The Avengers, the audience is treated to our heroes treating themselves to the shawarma Tony Stark suggested earlier. We see the Avengers munching down on some after work shawarma  while the restaurant staff clean up the mess from the battle that had just ensued. Our heroes look exhausted and rightfully so. This scene is now a classic, but as it has been reported by various outlets via Robert Downey Jr. it was filmed very close to the movie’s premiere.

Disney’s California Adventure now features the new Avenger’s Campus, and with movie fodder as good as the aforementioned after credits scene, an addition of shawarma was practically hitting imagineers in the face.

In Avengers Campus, there is a Shawarma cart called Shawarma Palace that pays homage to this beloved scene. The cart offers both breakfast and lunch/dinner shawarma. Vegetarians, like myself, know that the Disneyland Resort offers more of an array of vegetarian options than its counterpart, Walt Disney World. Shawarma Palace offers a vegetarian option at both breakfast and lunch/dinner.

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Per the My Disney experience app, Shawarma Palace offers an “Impossible Breakfast Sha-warm-up” that includes Plant based sausage, egg, and maple syrup. For lunch/dinner, vegetarians can delight in an “Impossible Victory Falafel” shawarma that includes Plant based falafel and cauliflower with a tahini yogurt sauce.


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For my carnivores out there, Shawarma Palace has a “New York’s Tastiest” wrap with chicken and tahini yogurt sauce. Per my friends who ate this shawarma, it was delicious.

The “Impossible Victory Falafel” is what this author tried. I enjoyed the shawarma as it offered a departure from the “normal theme park food” in burgers and fries. The falafel was tasty, and the yogurt tahini sauce mixed with the cauliflower added a layer of freshness that was refreshing. I would highly recommend herbivores and carnivores alike trying this shawarma.

A little hint I can offer, Shawarma Palace had a long line, and I was a tad disappointed that I may not get a wrap while at California Adventure. However, next to the Hyperion theatre, after Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, lies an auxiliary Shawarma cart that had quite a short line compared to its sister cart. Conveniently, right behind this cart, lies an area with many tables to partake in your shawarma like an Avenger. However, instead of defeating an army of aliens, you’re conquering the day at Disney’s California Adventure.

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