When I called my order in to Zaina (25 East 12th Street) earlier this week, the man who answered asked when I wanted to pick up my sandwich.
"Ten minutes," I suggested.
"No, that's too long. It will all be gone by then. Hurry. Hurry," he said before breaking into laughter.
It's nice to see the to-go service at a restaurant come with a side of humor, but could the Shawarma chicken live up to the hype? That was the question in this week's battle, which pitted Zaina's sandiwch against the chicken gyro at Habashi House (309 Main), in the City Market.
Zaina -- chicken Shawarma ($6.95). This is a juicy sandwich. Have napkins at the ready. Tender chunks of chicken sit under a pile of slow-cooked onions, tomatoes and tahini. The pita is soft with garlic and onion juices, and you'll need a fork and knife by the end. The hummus is bright with lemon and hot sauce.