We happened upon a new (opened in November) Egyptian restaurant, the Luxor, at 3246 W. Lawrence yesterday and were treated to copious and very tasty dishes in a simple but nicely furnished room. The friendly owner, Mohammed, was most helpful and anxious to please. He has placed hookas at the tables for those who come to smoke and drink a variety of non-alcoholic hot and cold Egyptian potions. (He supplies the tobacco, which is without nicotine, made from fruit, he said. We'll try that next time.) The lentil soup was delicately prepared, not at all heavy and nicely seasoned. I had the daily special of okra and lamb, served on a platter, with a separate platter of rice, enough for at least two people and very tasty. The highest price on the menu is $9.95 for a whole grilled chicken or grilled shrimp; appetizers are $3-4 and sandwiches $3-5, served on pita with a small salad.
This is an as-yet undiscovered gem in a nondescript neighborhood. Telephone 773/478-5848