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Zakey Middle Eastern Cuisine

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149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-421-5472
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:59 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Zakey was created by Nabiel Musleh; born and raised in Ammam, Jordan...
Zakey was created by Nabiel Musleh; born and raised in Ammam, Jordan. Zakey is a combination of Jordanian family cuisine with a cultural atmosphere.
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  • 21
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 6
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
A Day in Traverse City

After searching for a restaurant to eat at in Traverse City we decided to go here. The food was just average and the wait staff was short so we had kind of a long wait to get our food. The they messed up the order and didn't offer a discount or anything. The music was a little loud. We all... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Amy M
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South Lyon, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

When you want healthy, tasty and unique ethnic food at an affordable price I highly suggest people check out Zakey while visiting Traverse City. The Jordanian decor is humble and comfortable and ethnic music is always playing. If you are vegetarian you should try the Mazza Plate which is actually a full meal...but located on the appetizer section of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I am completely disturbed of how terrible the food and service was today. It was terrible from the moment we walked in the door. The server had no personality, the $10 appetizer looked like vomit on a plate, the gyro was sloppy, poor presentation, was cold, and it had way too much cucumber sauce on it. My husband did not... More 

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nabiel m, Owner at Zakey Middle Eastern Cuisine, responded to this review

first of all, it is not medetrian food.it is middle eastren cuisine.sad to say that your vomit description was approved by trip adviser"s guidelines.that plate is the number one seller of my cuisine and no one ever mentioned anything such like your unprofessional view.thank you for insualting my family's food. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I have traveled the world while serving in the Air Force. One of my best friends is also very well traveled. We were board of the typical Northern Michigan cuisine so I took him to Zakey for lunch the other day. Having eaten there before I knew I would enjoy it. The meals are delicious, priced well, and fairly portioned.... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I have enjoyed the food at this restaurant for several years…..but our most recent visit was horrible. We waited almost 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge us at our table. The waiter, who seemed flustered and overwhelmed said they were "backed up in the kitchen" but he'd be right back for drink orders and with menus. There were 2 wait... More 

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nabiel m, Owner at Zakey Middle Eastern Cuisine, responded to this review

thank you for honest response.i am so sorry that you were not happy.it has been a challenging road to get staff that are reliable and want to work,it is not an excuse,but as an ethnic food cooked to order.it is not fast food to say the least.i did realized that .so I gave you 50% off.hopefully this will not be... More 

Marysville, OH
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Everything we've had at Zakey's has been absolutely delicious. Their version of palek paneer is less rich than the cream-drenched versions you get at many Indian restaurants. The lamb grape leaves and Mediterranean burger were both perfect - I wouldn't change a thing. A vegetarian can actually get a hot meal here, and several menu items can be made gluten... More 

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nabiel m, Owner at Zakey Middle Eastern Cuisine, responded to this review

thank you so much for enjoying your experience @zakey. More 

South Lyon, Michigan
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

After searching for a restaurant to eat at in Traverse City we decided to go here. The food was just average and the wait staff was short so we had kind of a long wait to get our food. The they messed up the order and didn't offer a discount or anything. The music was a little loud. We all... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My boyfriend insisted that we go to another local restaurant to get a gyro because they have the "red hot" gyro for years. I talked him in to going here because I wanted falafel. He gave in to appease me. What a mistake!! I was apologizing the rest of the night! We decided to take out and go eat on... More 

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nabiel m, Owner at Zakey Middle Eastern Cuisine, responded to this review

Thank you for the Review, first I would like to say I sell gyros every day. No where in your review did it mention that you carried it out, ate some of it and then proceeded to bring it back (partially eaten) and wanted something else, I always put dressing on the Gyro to make it my signature Gyro, I... More 

Los Angeles, California
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144 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Traverse City has its share of restaurants but my personal favorite is Zakey on Front Street in downtown Traverse City. The environment here is so relaxing and exotic. It's the kind of place you can sit for hours. A pot of tea here is a must…it goes perfect with lunch or dinner. The dishes here are first rate. Everything tastes... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This place is an absolute treasure. Authentic, healthy and delicious Middle Eastern food in the heart of Traverse City. It is also very reasonably-priced, which makes it a good place for a hungry family. A group of carnivores, vegetarians and vegans can eat here together and everyone will find dishes to their liking. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Try it!

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Fabulous place for gyros, falafel baba ganoush stellar. Go there every time in town. Say hello to Nabiel - owner that prepares every dish personally!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-421-5472

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Description

Zakey was created by Nabiel Musleh; born and raised in Ammam, Jordan. Zakey is a combination of Jordanian family cuisine with a cultural atmosphere.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:59 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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