I went to the west LA branch of Zankou the other day and have to say that I came away a bit disappointed. Zankou's always been a pretty reliable source when I'm craving chicken and I've always loved the garlic sauce, but this time things were a little different. The first thing was raised prices, wasn't suprised I could no longer get a very filling 1/4 dark plate for under 5 (maybe it's only this branch? or it's been raised for a while seeing how I haven't been in a couple months). The second was when I went to get my order instead of the usual clear plastic snap-on lid magic sauce delivery system I get a pre-sealed opaque container that immediately makes me believe things are seriously wrong. The first taste confirms it. The sauce doesn't have the same punch it used to; seeing as how it came out of something that would've been dropped in my McDonalds bag it must be produced at some central plant now. So that's the main disappointment. A few small quibles were the reduced quantity of hummus (I can usually get one or two extra pitas worth of mileage before) and maybe the quality of chicken is down.
I'm not saying that I'll stop going there, but my search for alternatives has begun. Suggestions?