2013 was a good year for me when it came to breakfast in Vegas. Usually, my breakfasts are just meals for fueling up for the day, a way to stop my stomach from growling and give me the energy for all the walking around Las Vegas I do. But somehow, I hit all the best joints in 2013: Bouchon, Morels, Ri Ra, and Border Grill (okay, technically that was brunch, but still). This week, I get to write about another favorite new breakfast spot in Vegas: The Pyramid Cafe at the Luxor.
The Pyramid Cafe surprised the hell out of me. After my abysmal experience at the Luxor’s buffet, I didn’t have a lot of hope that the cafe would be any better. At best, I thought it might have the kind of so-so food you typically find at a 24-hour cafe in Vegas. In other words, nothing to write home about. I was very, very wrong.
Set right off the casino, the cafe is a bit loud. The waitresses are experienced and efficient, which I will take over young, pretty and bored any day of the week. In keeping with the Egyptian theme, you’ll see hieroglyphs on the walls; but they don’t go crazy with the theme here like they do at the buffet. The tables and booths are comfortable, but not fancy. In other words, by all appearances, it’s a typical resort cafe.
But the minute you open the menu and start scanning the breakfast items, you realize this resort cafe is different. It’s much more creative with its breakfast menu than most. Consider these items:
- Red Velvet Pancakes – $9.99
- S’More Pancakes – $9.99
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast – $9.99
- Carrot Cake French Toast – $10.99
- Peanut Butter Cream Stuffed French Toast – $10.99
- Orange Creamsicle French Toast – $10.99
- Strawberry Shortcake French Toast – $10.99
Wait–is this breakfast or dessert? Or dessert-as-breakfast? I don’t know, but I like it.
I ate here three times. I could have had three of the above items, but I wasted a breakfast slot on a yogurt parfait with a side of bacon because I was meeting someone for lunch not long after and I didn’t want to eat too much. (What was I thinking???) Please learn from my mistake: If you’re going to eat at the Pyramid Cafe, get something you can’t get anywhere else!
Which brings me to my other two meals. One morning I had the Cinnamon Roll French Toast with glazed apples and almonds on top. Carbs, protein, and fruit. Nice! I didn’t even need the syrup they served on the side, it was perfection all on its own. The coffee was decent, too.
But my favorite breakfast here was the morning I ordered the Strawberry Shortcake French Toast. This was one of the most creative breakfasts I’ve ever had in Vegas. It was made with wedges of lemon poppyseed bread (more like cake) dipped in custard and cooked French Toast-style, then topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It even comes with strawberry sauce on the side (a much better choice than maple syrup in this particular case). Oh. My. GOD. It was amazing! The bread/cake was so moist, the strawberries were plentiful and the flavors all worked together really well.
I only have three criticisms about this cafe:
1. This place gets very busy at breakfast, and the line to get in can be long, especially when they only have half the restaurant open. (I assume only half was open because they didn’t have enough staff working to cover the whole restaurant, but given the obvious demand, that seems like a mistake.)
2. It’s only open for 6-7 hours a day (7am-1pm Monday-Thursday, 7am-2pm Friday-Sunday), which is a crime. Whatever happened to the 24-hour cafe?
3. The creativity of the breakfast menu does not extend to the cafe’s lunch menu, which is pretty ho-hum.
I’ve long known that The Pyramid Cafe offered one of the best bargain breakfasts on the Las Vegas Strip. But having never tried it myself before, I never realized that the food was so good, too. In just one visit, this cafe has risen to take its place in my list of the top 5 resort cafes on the Strip. If you’re looking for a good, cheap breakfast on the South end of the Strip, this cafe should be on your list, too.