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Pyramids in Austin

amysuehere | Mar 5, 2003 02:12 PM

It's on the corner of I-35 and 290 right behind the Texas Land & Cattle Co.

I was really curious about this place and have started to go several times and just never made it there.

Well, we finally went today for lunch. Wow. No, really. Wow!

Outside, the place looks like a real dive, but the interior is very nice, with warm tones, plants, and a Mediterranean ocean mural on one wall. Concrete floors, but the place was really quite quiet (also could have been because there were only two other tables of people).

The two waiters working the place kind of tag teamed and both were very helpful and enthusiastic.

First we had the ba ba ghanouj ($2.95), which I had never had. Yum. This is now my new favorite dish. Rich, complex and fresh. Deep flavor with a slightly savory-tart finish. It was served with warm pita bread and drizzled with olive oil. I don’t know if that’s traditional, but I am going to opt for no olive oil the next time I get it. It detracted from the intense flavors.

My friend ordered the chicken shawerma ($4.95) wrap and I ordered the gyro (my weakness, $4.95 as well). Both were enormous and served with heavily spiced french fries. Waaaay too much food, especially since we left nothing of the ba ba ghanouj.

My friend’s chicken shawerma was really something. Again, lots of layers of flavor with moist marinated chicken and a great pita bread (is that Phoenicia bread?) with lots of toppings.

Mine was also very good. Not greasy, as it sometimes can be, yet very moist. Tzatziki sauce was a bit on the mild side, but the delicate lamb/beef combo more than made up for it. They did not skimp on the meat. Again, plenty of lettuce, tomato and onion.

We agreed that next time we’ll share the ba ba ghanouj again, but get the combo shawerma/gyro lunch plate special and share that as well.

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