Taking a cue from one of my , I decided to cash in on a coupon I had for Zuzu Chicken, which I always thought was an oddly named fast food chain. It turns out that there is one, and only one, Zuzu Chicken.
The counter service eatery in the Stater Bros. strip mall on Lone Hill and Route 66 had a pleasantly decorated interior with clean tables and chairs. The only drawback was that we visited on one of the 100+ degree days this week, so sitting across from the open rotisserie, even with their air conditioning running at full blast, was not as comfortable as it would have been if we had not been in the middle of a heat wave that turned Glendora into Death Valley.
I asked the young man at the counter what he recommended. Apparently, the chicken is very popular (first clue: check the restaurant’s name) because everything he initially recommended was chicken: chicken shawerma, chicken kabob, and rotisserie chicken. However, thanks to the coupon, I was already ordering the full chicken meal special ($16.99) for dinner that night, so I asked if he recommended anything else. He mentioned the lamb gyro wrap ($4.99), which I eagerly agreed to.
From the first moment I ever had a gyro, I enjoyed them, but I do not typically expect anything special when I order them now. This time, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Inside the thick, soft pita bread was the most tender lamb I have ever had the pleasure of having in a gyro.
Unlike most gyros, which are on about the same level as carnival fare with their chewy, overcooked lamb, Zuzu’s gyro highlighted roast lamb that practically melted in my mouth.
Topped with fresh, crunchy romaine, sliced onions and ripe Roma tomatoes and drizzled with yogurt sauce, this was one of the few times I have eaten an item that actually looked and tasted as good in real life as it did in the menu’s photos.
When we arrived home, the rotisserie chicken dinner smelled so delicious, I had to sneak a few bites for an early preview. The chicken was flavorful and fresh, served with a horseradish sauce and a couple pieces of pita bread (I wish there were more!).
The dinner came with our choice of two sides—I chose tabouleh (for me) and French fries (for the kids). The tabouleh had more lemon juice than I preferred, but was still fresh and satisfied my tabouleh craving. The French fries were on the soggy side and I regretted not following my instincts and ordering hummus to go with my tabouleh (ah, the sacrifices we make for the kids).
The meal was completed with an enormous Greek salad consisting of incredibly fresh romaine lettuce, those beautiful red Romas again, cucumbers, Feta cheese crumbles and black olives. Thanks to Zuzu, we will be feasting like Greek gods for quite awhile.
Address: 1808 E. Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740
Business Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Phone Number: (626) 335-4555
Price Range: $4.99 - $16.99
Type of Cuisine: Mediterranean
Standout Dish: Lamb Gyro