Last weekend, I stayed at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas with my family while my husband attended a conference. Saturday evening, Mika, my 9 year-old, got a craving for pasta. I searched for an Italian restaurant within walking distance to the Luxor, but all the ones I could find were higher end restaurants with more “adult” pasta dishes. Mika just wanted some spaghetti with meatballs, and really the only place we could find it was at the Pyramid Cafe in the hotel, so that’s where we headed.
The Pyramid Cafe is your basic all-American restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and the sort of entree you can find at coffee shops and diners all over this country. The prices are moderate (for Vegas) and the portions generous. We were seated right away (we were there around 7:30 PM) and service by our waiter was very good. The restaurant follows the understated Ancient Egyptian theme of the hotel, and was pleasant enough in a chain-restaurant sort of way.
The Pyramid Cafe does not have a children’s menu, so I ordered dishes for the girls and figured I’d eat the leftovers. Mika got the spaghetti and meatballs ($14) an Camila, my 6 year old, got the five cheese pizza ($12). The spaghetti came with a light tomato sauce, a little bit too acidic for my taste. Mika thought it was OK, but Camila didn’t really like it. The two meat balls were medium sized and they were pretty good. Indeed, Mika pronounced them “the best meatballs ever (sorry, mom)”. She would have been happy to eat just the meatballs without the spaghetti. The dish came with some unremarkable garlic bread.
Camila, unfortunately, did not like the pizza. The cheese blend was a little sharp, I think there might have been some smoke gouda there, and I guess it was too adult for her. I thought it was OK, better than I expected. The pizza was 10″ and almost deep-dish, so it was large enough to feed two adults.
In all, it was an OK dining experience. I wouldn’t rush back to the Pyramid Cafe if I had other choices, but it’s not a bad place to go in a pinch.
Luxor Hotel and Casino
3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV