dallas recently had the King Tut exhibit in downtown for viewers to come and see ancient Egyptian artifacts. "Well whoop de doo" said Mayor Moncrief, allegedly. Fort Worth has had its very own King Tut exhibit for over 15 years and ours comes with lunch specials, chicken shwarma, and all the Egyptian decorations you need for a Bangles' music video.
You're thinking, "what kind of food does King Tut serve?" Egyptian, obviously. "What is Egyptian food," you continue. Sand.
Actually, according to my acute culinary distinction skills, Egyptian food is Greek food, is Mediterranean food. Sure, the Egyptians and Greek share a sea, but I would have expected a different menu. The food that I saw at King Tut seemed very similar to the food at Scampi's and Chadra Mezza. That isn't to take anything away from those two restaurants which both have delicious food and amazing atmospheres. But they don't have Egyptian decorations. Seriously, there are sarcophagi, pyramidal things, and hieroglyphics everywhere. Even the menu is in ancient hieroglyphics.
I went for lunch recently and had the Chicken Shwarma. This dish is a mixture of chicken pieces, tomatoes and onions, cooked together with a side of rice. The lunch specials are all $6.95 and include a salad, however, no substitions are allowed. If you, like a certain Hole In The Wall father, suggest beef instead of chicken in your shwarma, you'll spend the rest of lunch in a sarcophagus.
The chicken was tender and flavorful and the onions and tomatoes made for a healthy feeling meal. My rice had good flavor but was a bit dry. Egypt is mostly desert though, so that makes sense. However, with the salad this was a perfect sized lunch meal that will satiate your appetite without making you feel stuffed. King Tut also has some vegetarian options, but you'll have to wait until the Nile flood waters recede.
At dinner time, the prices rise significantly so head over at lunch for the better value. As an example, hummus was about $5 and most dinner entrees seemed to range from $10-$15.
If you missed the King Tut exhibit, remember that the Fort has all the essential ingredients of Egyptian history right here on Magnolia Avenue. If you've been, let me know what you think. If you haven't, walk like an Egyptian on over there. Admit it, you were expecting that at some point...
King Tut is at 1512 West Magnolia Avenue, and is closed on Sundays.