With everything steadily getting more and more expensive in today’s version of Egypt, it’s important to know where to invest your money. Fast food around these parts isn’t really worth much in the way of bang for buck (and certainly not nutrition). But every now and then, some places offer items that are both actually delicious, and don’t make you feel like you wasted your hard-earned cash. Here’s just a few we managed to scrounge.
Cook Door’s Smashed Burger
Though burger joints in Egypt are a dime a dozen, they usually entail a needless element of “gourmet.” Cook Door has steadily been getting better over the years in terms of quality and quantity. And their newest smashed burger is a perfect example of this. It’s surprisingly big for what it is, and though the term “premium beef” gets tossed around way too often, the patty in this one actually tastes like good meat. Give the smashed cheesy pepper a try; the pepper sauce really makes it pop.
Cook Door’s Snack Box
Though not a “main” item by most peoples’ standards, Cook Door’s snack box is a gem when it comes to value and satisfaction. A massive box containing (great) onion rings, chicken fingers, and potato wedges, and three types of dipping sauce, it’s a carb-heavy champion meal. More often than not, getting just a snack box can be more filling than any of their sandwiches (except the smashed burger). A solid choice for finger food fanatics.
Max Burgers’ Halloumi “Burger”
The concept of a veggie burger scares me on a level I’m not very familiar with. But when I decided to be brave and check the criminally underrated Max Burgers’ vegetarian section, I was not disappointed. Their halloumi burger, available in classic, spicy, and BBQ, is essentially a thick slab of fried halloumi cheese instead of a burger. And though you’d think this would be gross or pointless, the texture is superb, the flavour is authentic, and the overall package is more than filling.
Kansas Fried Chickens’ 321 Meal
Kansas has had a pretty favourable run over the years. Their chicken (in the context of fast food) looks and tastes like actual chicken, as opposed to KFC’s fried pigeons. You either love Kansas, or you hate it. There’s no in-between. But both sides of the argument can agree on one thing: The 321 meal is the most bang for buck you can get out of any regular fried chicken place. Three pieces of fried chicken, two nuggets, a healthy chicken strip, a bread roll, and some pretty tasty rice. All for roughly the same price as that of a KFC meal, except you get actual value.
Pastaweesy’s Cheesy Omelette Wrap
As for as cheap-ish takeout pasta places go, Pastaweesy has established itself as a pioneer of sorts (for that price range at least). However, for all the pasta offering they have (which are great), an underestimated aspect of their menu are the wraps. Though it comes off as breakfast food more than anything, ordering yourself a cheesy omelette with mushroom (and hotdog if you’re really hungry) is a solid choice that can stand on its own two legs. Juicy, delicious, and extremely filling, it offers great value and flavour.