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Those vegetables are of an unnatural color.
Those vegetables are of an unnatural color.

Having heard a lot about Zankou Chicken from my friend who bewilderingly never invited me there, I finally got up the gumption to go myself.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Middle-Eastern fast food, but it turned out to be just like it sounds. The place was set up similar to any other fast food place, except in place of grills, they had rotating spools of meat.

I had to choose between getting straight-up chicken, a plate or a wrap, most of which involved vegetables in some way. In the mood for a wrap, I decided to order the Schawerma. At Zankou, the schawerma consisted of steak, with onions, tomatoes, sesame sauce and hummus. I asked for mine without onions or tomatoes, and since the wrap was so cheap, I ordered a side of hummus and pita.

Within a few minutes, my meal was ready. It was a little discomforting to see a little bowl filled with beets and some sort of bright green pepper, but I was thankful that they had been quarantined into their own bowl and hadn’t touched my real food. My wrap had followed in the footsteps of every other fast food joint in looking alarmingly better in pictures than in real life, but I began eating and was pretty happy to find that the look hadn’t really affected the taste. For fast food, it was really good, but the wrap alone was not enough to fill my stomach. The hummus was great and really made up for the minute size of the sandwich. In all, it was a pretty good place to get Middle-Eastern food in a hurry.