The Halal Guys


If you have ever strolled close to Midtown Manhattan you have noticed the a lot of meals carts. There is 1 on just about each individual corner. And some of the most recognizable – and most preferred – are the ones identified as The Halal Fellas. They’re all around the city and have been all over for extra than 3 decades. I very first encountered one of their carts at 53d Avenue and 6th Avenue in the early nineties.

The notion was commenced by 3 Egyptian adult males who marketed sizzling canines from the corner carts, primarily for Muslim taxi drivers who had number of choices for a fast food with food certified halal. To oversimplify it, halal is to Muslims what kosher is to Jews. The Koran specifies which foodstuff are permissible (halal) and which are forbidden (haram). So a position that certified the food stuff was halal and served around the clock (see: sleeps, metropolis that hardly ever) designed it quite preferred. It wasn’t unusual to see very long strains snaking down the block with men and women waiting for the food, specially soon after The Halal Men expanded over and above hot canines and bundled other meats and rice platters.

Thanks to its reputation – and over-all good quality of its foodstuff – The Halal Guys begun franchising a couple years ago. You might remember that one opened in Waterford Lakes in 2017 but it was largely just ok.

The fantastic information is that that franchise has been taken more than by Tahir Ansari and he’s opened one more in Lake Mary, which I was invited to visit lately. The high-quality of the meals was extremely superior and the total practical experience was fulfilling. It felt like getting in New York, besides that I was indoors and I was ready to sit at a desk as a substitute of perching on the edge of an business building’s fountain.

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Ansari’s nephew Johnny dished me up the basic combo platter, which incorporates the Halal Guys’ signature rice infused with ginger and saffron, tender items of grilled chicken, beef gyro meat, furthermore some salad greens, chopped green peppers, onions and kalamata olives. It all gets drizzled with The Halal Guys’ perfectly-recognized white sauce (The Daily News in fact ran an report when somebody uncovered the elements of the “secret” sauce, which is fundamentally a soybean and canola oil-based mayonnaise with some vinegar, black pepper and a few other seasonings extra). And with my blessing, Ansari squirted some very hot sauce on, far too.

It was a large amount of money of meals. And priced at $10.99 for the common sized platter, a actual bargain. The gryo meat, freshly slice from the rotating hunks with a particular slicer, was my favored. But I liked mixing it all alongside one another with the flavorful rice.

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I also attempted some of The Halal Men hummus, which was splendidly creamy. I employed the clean pita details that arrived with my platter to dip into it in its place of the dried chips in a bag. Significantly greater.

You buy your food at the counter and it’s scooped up as you transfer down the line. Then you can uncover a position to sit in the spacious and dazzling dining area, which is adorned in the signature meals cart’s crimson and yellow shades.

I ate while Frank Sinatra sang “New York, New York” in the history. The only point missing from the reliable NYC knowledge was the odor of diesel.

The Halal Guys is at 7025 County Street 46A, Lake Mary (map), and 688 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando (map). They are open up for lunch and evening meal day-to-day. The cellular phone figures are 407-878-7647 (Lake Mary) and 407-271-8606 (Orlando).

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