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Restaurant Information
El-Mayor
936 Wyandotte E, Windsor, ON, N9A 3J8. View Larger Map
519.258.7645
Website & Menu
Cuisine: Lebanese
Open: Mon-Thu 9:00am-11:00pm; Fri 9:00am-3:00am; Sat 9:00am-4:00am; Sun Closed
Price: $$ (Moderate – $6-20 per meal)
Parking: Street and Lot behind Restaurant
Reservations: Not Required
Note: Banquet and Catering Available. No alcohol served.
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Taster Recommendation: BBQ, Shawarma and Traditional Lebanese Food.
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Review

Just west of the fine Walkerville dining is the centre of Windsor’s Middle Eastern community with three to four blocks of Wyandotte Street lined with Arabic grocery stores, butchers, and restaurants. And El-Mayor happens to be a not-so-secret little gem of this neighbourhood.

Opened in 1997, El-Mayor used be a simple restaurant with forgettable decor. After 2007′s dining room renovation, it now boasts comfier chairs, Middle-Eastern art, and those large white (probably not marble) columns which lend to the restaurant’s Mediterranean atmosphere.

The menu at this establishment is made up of traditional Lebanese cuisine like Shawarma, Hummus, Falafel, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Mixed BBQ, Bone-In Fish, and spiced rice. Don’t go to this restaurant expecting to be blown away by the food – go here expecting to eat something that is better those shawarma joints that are popping up.

Diner’s Favourites:

Shawarma – Lemon-flavoured and juicy off of the spit – you won’t be disappointed with this choice.

Traditional Appetizers РAny choice off of the appetizer menuРGrape Leaves, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Fattoush, Fried Kibbi, Mixed Pies, and Falafel to name a fewРis bound to be a hit at your table. They taste just like how my Lebanese family makes them.

Diner’s Thoughts:

Taster Girl

This is my favourite Middle Eastern restaurant in Windsor. I go here with Lebanese people for Lebanese food. It’s not a swanky or high-end place but the food tastes as close as I’ll get to my aunt’s and she’s the best Lebanese cook I know.

My favourites are the fattoush salad which has a tart lemon dressing and is loaded with veggies and the crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside falafel.

Taster

In my opinion, there are two ways to eat at this restaurant so you won’t be disappointed:

1) Get the Shawarma or any BBQ-Plate item and feast on their juicy and succulent meat. Or if you are feeling cheap, I recommend grabbing a few Shawarma sandwiches.

2) Get mezze (appetizers) or main dishes to share with a group of people – after all, this is how you eat Lebanese food with your Lebanese family. And most of the appetizers on the menu are at least worth trying.

Recommendation: Go here for the traditional Lebanese food that your Situ would make. But don’t expect the best food you have ever eaten.

Mr. Muscles I am always trying fish because it has an amino acid profile that is fit for my 315lb squat. I didn’t expect what I ordered though – it came bone-in! I spent a good 45 minutes eating my meal and picking those tiny bones out of my teeth. When Taster said Traditional food, I didn’t think he meant I would have to be deboning my own fish – at least I didn’t have to catch the thing. But he made up for it by giving me the rest of his Shish Kafta which was delicious.
UberGamer Shawarma for $4! I’ll get two of those and a fancy looking lemonade. Enough food to satisfy the Prince of Persia.
The Philosopher It’s was an easy and good choice – shawarma. I really don’t see any other options for my traditional palette. For a restaurant with a Spanish name, the Lebanese food was delicious.

Image Gallery

  • El-Mayor - It's Lebanese not Mexican
  • Atmosphere - Cheesy Columns not Included
  • Homous - not gruel
  • Shish Kafta - aka delicous sausage like thing
  • Shawarma - lemon-crusted
  • The Bone-In Fish - Munch Munch
  • Dessert - Pretty Lookin


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