Restaurant of the Week: Zaky

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Zaky Mediterranean Grill, 1013 W. Foothill Blvd. (at Mulberry), Upland; also 6622 Carnelian St. (at 19th), Rancho Cucamonga

Zaky Grill, which has a mostly-takeout location in Rancho Cucamonga off the 210, expanded to a larger second location in Upland a few weeks ago along Foothill Boulevard.

As an occasional customer at the Carnelian spot, which has just a couple of molded-plastic tables, I stopped in for dinner recently in Upland, where Zaky’s shares a new-ish minimall with a Starbucks, a cell phone store and a pizza parlor.

This Zaky’s has plenty of dining space. You still order at the counter, and the menu of sandwiches, plates, salads and rotisserie chicken turns out to be exactly the same in both locations. (View it here.)

I had the chicken kabob sandwich ($5), which is prepared to order on pita bread with garlic sauce, onions, pickles and tomatoes. Delicious.

The owner recognized me from previous visits and gave me a dessert, knafeh ($4), a pastry with cream cheese and honey, very nice.

I’d been to the minimall location before when it was B-Man’s Teriyaki and later when it was a Philly’s Best. The interior hasn’t changed much, being a bit stark, with track lighting near the ceiling that is mildly unpleasant. But Zaky’s food is pretty good stuff and the dine-in option is welcome. I hope they beat the location’s curse.

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  • Aaron in Rancho

    If you find yourself needing to “bring chicken” to a function they have a buy 3 get the 4th free deal. I always get Zaky birds for pot lucks, parties, etc. It is a superior bird to (gasp) Sam’s Club.

  • shirley wofford

    It doesn’t say whether or not they are using only Zacky chicken. I wonder if those zany chickens are on that plane right now, trying to get to the restaurant in 48 hours. (They are my funniest commercial characters. Does anyone else have commercial characters to top those chickens?)

  • Eric

    I think they need more signs on the building….

    [Ha ha! -- DA]

  • shirley wofford

    Rack my comment up to a senior moment. I think the funny chickens are “Foster Farms.”