My favorite thing at The Sheik is the Steak in a Sack, for sure. I love that the steak is grilled right there at the restaurant. It’s always fresh and delicious. There’s no better steak pita anywhere.
ABOUT THE SHEIK
In 1972, brothers Samir “Sam” and Munir “Mike Senior” Salameh, along with their wives Suad “Sue” and Basima, opened the first Sheik restaurant on the corner of 18th Street and Main Street in Jacksonville, Florida. That restaurant still operates today. From the very beginning the brothers knew that the keys to any successful restaurant are great service and great food.
The Sheik became known for selling the best “Steak in a Sack” or steak pita and for its “Camel Rider,” or deli meat pita. The chain also originated the “Cherry Lime,” The Sheik’s version of a black cherry and lime soft drink. All three items have gone on to become ubiquitous throughout the South and synonymous with the Jacksonville dining scene — even garnering an article in The New York Times.
Be on the lookout for a new The Sheik opening at a location near you. You can always open one yourself to speed up the process. Visit our franchising page for more information.