Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:19
WHY IT'S NOTEWORTHY
A sleeper among the many Middle Eastern restaurants in the area, Pyramids is best known to the university crowd and other nearby neighbors. The menu offers all the standards, somewhat in the cooking style of its predecessor Mona's. The prices are a shade lower than typical, which in the high-value Lebanese category is saying something.
WHY IT'S GOOD
The value issue trumps the intrinsic excellence of the food here, which is pretty good, but not so good you'd drive miles to get it. The entree list is essentially the same as the appetizer list, plus sides. My best luck has been with the lula and kafta kebabs (one day I'll understand the difference between the two; it varies from place to place). Seafood constitutes the weak side of the offerings.
Hilmi Abdejali opened Pyramids in 2008, taking over the spot next to Bud's Broiler formerly occupied by a branch of the local chain Mona's. He performed some cosmetic renovations to the restaurant, resulting in a more comfortable restaurant than you might expect from the exterior.
Cosmetic renovations to the restaurant when it changed hands lifted the spirits of the middling-spacious dining room, more comfortable than you might expect from the exterior. The service staff could give more attention than they do.
ESSENTIAL MENU [*=Recommended]
*Red lentil soup
Yogurt salad with cucumber
Green salad with beef or chicken shawarma, grilled chicken, marinated shrimp, or gyro meat
Musabaha (whole chickpeas and hummus with hot pepper and garlic)
Foul (like musabaha, but with fava beans)
*Qudsia (both of above mixed)
*Stuffed grape leaves (meat or veggie)
*Chicken lula (ground, grilled on a shish)
Chicken tecka (grilled half)
*Lamb or beef kafta kebab (ground, grilled on a shish)
*Fried kibby plate
*Hummus with lamb
Tilapia (fish) plate
Meat-stuffed grape leaves plate
*Lula kebab sandwich
Chicken or lamb sandwich
Shish kebab sandwich
Beef or chicken shawarma sandwich
FOR BEST RESULTS
Bring your own wine or beer. There's no corkage charge. The menu features many vegetarian dishes.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
They need to upgrade the quality of the fish and shrimp they serve here. Right now, it's an afterthought. The web site doesn't work as of this writing.
FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.
- Dining Environment +1
- Consistency +1
- Value +2
- Wine and Bar
- Local Color
- Open Sunday lunch and dinner
- Open Monday lunch and dinner
- Open all afternoon
- Unusually large servings
- Quick, good meal
- Easy, nearby parking
ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
This review was updated with new information on 9/7/2010.