DINING OUT: Bright flavors, generous portions at Lighthouse Cafe

A beacon for the hungry on Third Avenue, the Lighthouse Café welcomes diners with a copious menu of freshly-cooked specialties sure to satisfy any craving.

“Everything is homemade,” attested Angelo Bourlotos, the restaurant’s owner, who stressed that all food is “made to order.”

Everything we tasted was certainly fresh and flavorful. The Beef and Barley Soup was chockfull of veggies, barley and shreds of beef, filling and eminently satisfying. The homemade Chicken Noodle was a brothy, aromatic cup of chunky noodles, shredded chicken, celery and carrots. Soups change by the day and are available by the cup ($2.25) or bowl ($2.75).

Equally satisfying was the Avocado Salad ($7.95), served with wedges of warm pita bread. Bright green slices of creamy avocado were arranged in a circle on a bed of fresh greens, tomatoes and cucumbers for a nutritious light lunch that also refreshed the palate.

Another delightful option was the Pegasus Salad. The Pegasus ($9.20) was a delightful combination of crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, a sliced egg and succulent, juicy strips of grilled chicken. The salad, dotted with sliced black olives, was also accompanied by warm pita bread.

The Eggplant Parm pannini ($9.95) was crispy on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside, the perfectly cooked slices of eggplant bathed in bright, sweet tomato sauce and topped with creamy melted mozzarella.

Lovers of the classic hamburger would definitely find a great deal to admire in Lighthouse’s version. The burger deluxe platter ($7.15) featured not only a copiously sized burger but sprightly fresh lettuce and tomatoes and a huge portion of crispy, battered sweet potato fries ($1 extra), plus a cup of creamy cole slaw, and a crunchy half pickle.

For dessert, we had the Lighthouse Rice Pudding ($3.45, $4.45 for large). The pudding was a creamy, sweet treat that is freshly made and served with generous helpings of whipped cream and cinnamon for a satisfying end to a freshly, delicious meal.

Whatever you choose from the lengthy menu – which includes two pages of breakfast items as well as a mouthwatering selection of Greek specialties – the Lighthouse offers diner eating at its best, soul-satisfying comfort food that hits the spot at any time of day.


7506 Third Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11209


Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Delivery and catering available.

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