Dallas, Texas: Egyptian Restaurant: Jack Ruby's Steak

The Egyptian Lounge became the Egyptian Restaurant when an Italian family moved in and couldn't afford to completely replace the sign. Jack Ruby, a friend of the owner, ate a steak the night before he shot Lee Harvey Oswald.
Address:
5610 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX
Directions:
North of downtown. US Hwy 75 exit 3. Drive east on E. Mockingbird Lane for a quarter-mile. The restaurant is on the right, in a little strip mall just off the highway. Look for the elevated green-and-red Campisi's sign.
Hours:
Daily 11-10 (Call to verify)
Phone:
314-541-1074
Admission:
Free to look.
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Egyptian Restaurant.

The Egyptian, an Italian Restaurant

When Carlo "Papa" Campisi -- who claimed to be the first person to bring pizza to Dallas -- moved his Italian restaurant to Mockingbird Lane, he didn't have enough money to replace the sign of the previous occupant, a club called The Egyptian Lounge. Instead, he made the most minimal, cost-efficient correction he could. Ever since, this iconic pizzeria has remained -- however improbably -- Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant. There are no obelisks or sarcophagi to be found inside, just jukeboxes filled with oldies, some family portraits, and a famous thin-crust pizza.

Jack Ruby ordered a steak here the night before he shot Lee Harvey Oswald. Papa Campisi would later visit Ruby in prison for 10 minutes.

[Elliot Wilson, 10/13/2016]
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