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Albany: Zaki revisited - pastured lamb shawerma wrap and free food


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Albany: Zaki revisited - pastured lamb shawerma wrap and free food

rworange | Feb 8, 2012 03:01 PM

As my first meal of the New Year I was considering Zaki, a favorite of mine from the past. Someone wrote that the prices were too high these days.

Given Zaki's commitment to using halal meat, organic and fair trade olive oil from Palestine and general commitment to serving healthy food, I think the price is fair. It is also very vegetarian and vegan friendly.

For lunch, a rotisserie chicken plate (1/4 chicken) is $7.95. That is for a Mary's chicken. It comes with salad or rice and a cup of mint tea. A chicken salad from Wendy's is $6.49, you have to buy a beverage and who knows how that chicken was raised.

I brought a chicken home for dinner and it was exactly as described in my 2008 post so it still remains a favorite of mine.

The price for the chicken did go up from $10.95 to $18.95, but it was underpriced when they opened and it compares favorably to chickens of similar quality price-wise. That is the price for the whole chicken dinner with pita, rice and salad. It is two dollars less if only ordering the chicken.

For lunch I had the pasture-raised lamb wrap with fries. the lamb was tasty and extra good with a dab of whatever that red sauce is on the table. I really like the thick, fat fries which were crispy outside and soft and comforting inside.

The Jerusalem mint lemonade isn't as good as Holy Land, but still tangy tasty. That was a bit on the high side for me at $4.50.

If you follow yelp ... and who doesn't these days ... there is a current special of a free lunch give away ($12 value) They ask for your name and address. If you give them your birthdate they will send something for your birthday.

In the restaurant there is a Zaki Loyalty program. Sign up and they give you points for every meal. For every 200 points you get a $10 certificate. There are also other special offers. If you refer friends, both you and a friend get points.

It seems like a deal to chow on good food.

The menu is more extensive these days. The chickens are available for lunch. Zaki also delivers. Lunch is not crowded and they have their own lot.

I like the customer survey card which gives four categories to choose Not satisfactory, good, excellent and truly superior. Gotta like a joint that is striving for truly superior.

Has anyone bought a bottle of the Palestine organic, fair trade olive oil?

Yelp link with address and other info

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