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Local Restaurants: Makki Fast Food & Grill

Nallely Padilla, Staff writers

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Looking to grab a quick bite that’s tasty yet affordable? Makki Fast Food & Grill is located at 4702 N. Kimball Ave. It is a pared-down Middle Eastern counter serve with a halal menu of gyros, burgers, fries and more.

Makki Fast Food & Grill offers delivery through both Uber Eats and Grubhub which comes in very handy. The restaurant consists of six tables total. With only a few tables, the restaurant creates a cozy environment that’s great for groups of four.

Makki Fast Food & Grill was quiet on a Tuesday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. As we walked in we were greeted by a very friendly man who seemed to be the only one taking care of the front of the restaurant. I was able to grab a menu that was right at the counter by the register. They also have a display of the food they sell with pictures and prices pinned to their wall.

The relaxing atmosphere was perfect for me and my friend to catch up as we waited for our food. She had the hot dog meal which falls under the “Value Meal” category on the menu and I had the chicken wrap under “Makki Specials.”

When our food was ready, I was surprised that the “hot dog meal“ actually came with two hot dogs! I wished the menu was more clear about what exactly came with the meal, but nonetheless, it was more than filling and we were able to take the extra hot dog home for later. The hot dog came with the usual condiments which included mustard, onion, tomato, relish, and pickle. I took a bite and it tasted great! The meal included a side of fries and a drink.

For my chicken wrap, I expected an ordinary cold chicken wrap with lettuce, tomato, chicken and so on. But when I received it looked very different, maybe that’s why it’s under “Makki Specials.”

The chicken wrap consisted of chicken, grilled onion, grilled peppers, cheese and mayonnaise tossed in a spicy salsa. You have the option of getting your wrap spicy or not spicy. I got mine spicy with the salsa.

It was definitely not what I expected but it was very good. It was a hot wrap, filled with a lot of flavors and a kick at the end of each bite.

Aside from the chicken wrap and hotdog, Makki Fast Food & Grill also offers pizzas (chicken, beef or gyro), seafood, rice dishes, chicken wings, chicken tenders,  an assortment of other appetizers and ice cream for dessert.

The ice cream options offered are a variety of differently flavored popsicles in a freezer right by the entrance of the restaurant. We had to get one before we left, so I had cookies and cream popsicle and my little companion had a pistachio popsicle.

As for the beverages, they don’t have fountain drinks. They have mostly canned soda such as Crush, Mountain Dew, and Sprite. They also have Jumex, Sangria soda, Jarritos, and Gatorade.

Makki Fast Food & Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. You can also follow their facebook page by searching the keywords “Makki Grill” and remain updated on new items and specials.

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