View from the balcony
McDonald's had a virtual monopoly on western-style fast food in the central area of Luxor until November 2006, when Snack Time opened just a few doors away. Snack Time immediately took the upper hand.
McDonald's has fine views from the upper floors, through large windows. Snack Time has views that are at least their equal, but they have a balconies on two levels, so you can enjoy a full panorama of Luxor Temple without even having to look through glass. Snack Time also has a broader range of foods including not only burgers, but also pizzas and pastas, sandwiches, salads, a better range of desserts and a wide choice of drinks, all at keen prices. Pizzas are from LE14 (thin) and LE16 (thick pan), through to LE27 for a seafood thick pan. Pastas are in a similar range, LE16 - LE21 and salads LE10 - LE14.50. A large range of baguettes are from LE7.50 - LE18.75. As with the pizzas and pastas, the dearest ones are seafood. Vegetarian burgers, paninis and sandwiches are available from LE7 - LE10. Meat burgers are from LE14.50.
A great bonus is that, if you take your laptop, you can connect to their broadband Wi-fi absolutely free. McDonalds and a pizza restaurant in Station Street, just round the corner, now offer this as well.
Free internet surfing, excellent cheap coffee, lunch for just pennies more than in the traffic-laden local side streets - pounds less than the tourist restaurants - and some of the best temple views in town.
Some people will continue to go to MacDonald's because they are familiar with the name and the products. Snacktime is an excellent alternative and well worth a try.
Review updated March 2010
Prices at March 2010