Luxor Restaurant

★★★★★

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We happened upon Luxor while unsuccessfully looking for another restaurant. I'm glad we never found the other place. Luxor was not crowded when we arrived, and we asked to be seated outside. We were then led through the kitchen (I felt like I was in Goodfellas), to the coolest backyard/outdoor dining I've ever seen. It's a little courtyard between some 3-4 story buildings and has a really cool urban feel. There are strings of lights criss-crossing above the seats. It seems like something from 1950's Little Italy in New York.

I ordered a beer, Keo from Cyprus. It was really good. I have to admit that I was really ready to like this place based solely on the atmosphere. Then the food started arriving, and I got even more excited about the place.

We started with the Appetizer Combo Plate, for which we chose Falafel, Hummus, and Insalate Caprese. The homemade Falafel was absolutely the best I've had. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked just right, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. It was served with tzaziki that was made with thick , rich yogurt. The hummus was also made in house, and was delicious.

The entrees didn't disappoint either. I got the Baked Egyptian Eggplant. It was terrific, particularly the flavorful tomato sauce. My initial impression was that there was too much rice, but the eggplant was surrounded by rice rather than on top of it. There ended up being more than I could eat. My special lady got the Spanikotpita, which was really good. The phyllo was a little heavy, but everything else was perfect. My dad got the Koshary, a traditional Egyptian dish with lentils, rice, macaroni, and tomato sauce. Sound like a mess, but it was the best thing on the table.

On top of all this, nothing that we ordered exceeded $15, and the portions were large. I cannot recommend this place enough. Family owned and operated with very friendly service. What a wonderful random discovery.

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★★★★★

We happened upon Luxor while unsuccessfully looking for another restaurant. I'm glad we never found the other place. Luxor was not crowded when we arrived, and we asked to be seated outside. We were then led through the kitchen (I felt like I was in Goodfellas), to the coolest backyard/outdoor dining I've ever seen. It's a little courtyard between some 3-4 story buildings and has a really cool urban feel. There are strings of lights criss-crossing above the seats. It seems like something from 1950's Little Italy in New York.

I ordered a beer, Keo from Cyprus. It was really good. I have to admit that I was really ready to like this place based solely on the atmosphere. Then the food started arriving, and I got even more excited about the place.

We started with the Appetizer Combo Plate, for which we chose Falafel, Hummus, and Insalate Caprese. The homemade Falafel was absolutely the best I've had. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked just right, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. It was served with tzaziki that was made with thick , rich yogurt. The hummus was also made in house, and was delicious.

The entrees didn't disappoint either. I got the Baked Egyptian Eggplant. It was terrific, particularly the flavorful tomato sauce. My initial impression was that there was too much rice, but the eggplant was surrounded by rice rather than on top of it. There ended up being more than I could eat. My special lady got the Spanikotpita, which was really good. The phyllo was a little heavy, but everything else was perfect. My dad got the Koshary, a traditional Egyptian dish with lentils, rice, macaroni, and tomato sauce. Sound like a mess, but it was the best thing on the table.

On top of all this, nothing that we ordered exceeded $15, and the portions were large. I cannot recommend this place enough. Family owned and operated with very friendly service. What a wonderful random discovery.

Pros: The Egyptian food is wonderful, in a cool urban atmosphere

 

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