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Eat this Now: Cauliflower Shawarma

Cauliflower Shawarma
Photo by Brent Holmes
Photo by Brent Holmes


Most Las Vegans, I wager, will never taste a pita sandwich from a Cairo food cart. Any of us, however, can order from the Egyptian street food section of POTs’ all-vegan menu. The star of that section is the pita sandwich with a cruciferous vegetable where the chicken should be. The cauliflower gives it meaty bulk. A light dusting of savory breading gives it an earthy crunch. And the labna dressing, salata baladi (like cucumber pico de gallo), and arugula toppings round it out with creamy, peppery crunch. Everything about this dish is perfect, except maybe… the price. It’s not outrageous at $7.99, but that’s with no sides, and the fries — a must-have — are an extra $5.99. Still, if you’re the type who appreciates fresh-baked pita bread and hand-chopped vegetables, you’ll find it well worth the $15 tab. 1745 S. Rainbow Blvd., Heidi Kyser

Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022.