Where to Find the Best Halal Street Food in the USA

By Anna Tan | 19, Sep, 2022
Where to Find the Best Halal Street Food in the USA

Looking for the best Halal street food in the USA? We got you covered!

Most Halal food carts can be found in New York City as this is where Halal food carts began. However, if you travel around the USA, you will find that many major cities have at least one Halal food cart to cater to the demand.

Read on for our take on the best Halal street food to have in the USA!

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1. Tariq's #1 Halal Food Cart, New York, NYCTariq's #1 Halal Food Cart, New York, NYC

Image Credit: Tariq's 1 Halal Cart on Facebook

There are at least 10 Halal food carts in New York City touting themselves as the best Halal food cart in town. But we dare say that Tariq's #1 Halal Food Cart is one of the best Halal Cart NYC has to offer. The eponymous owner cooks with heart where food is always freshly made and the taste is consistently delicious.

Their bestsellers are the Tikka chicken masala and chicken biryani. If you want large portions of meat rice platters at an affordable price, go visit Tariq's cart!
Halal Status:
Muslim-Owned
Location:
Corner of 19th St and Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, United States
Opening Hours: 9 am - 9 pm daily (closed on weekends)

 

2. The Halal Guys, New York, NY

If you searched for Halal street food near me, you will find that The Halal Guys is nearest to you. That is because The Halal Guys are the largest American Halal franchise, with over 94 USA locations in restaurants and food trucks. They are easy to spot in NYC with their red and yellow umbrella.

Their menu serves delicious Middle-Eastern cuisine, consisting of a rice platter or gyro, with a choice of chicken or falafel. This inexpensive Halal fast food became the hit as we know of today, serving juicy Halal-certified meat to millions of Americans.

Halal Status: Halal-certified ingredients
Location:
6th Avenue & W 53rd St, New York, 10019, United States
Opening Hours:

  • Sun - Thurs: 11 am - 4 am
  • Fri & Sat: 11 am - 5:30 am

 

3. Abu Omar Halal, Houston, TX

Abu Omar Halal, Houston, TX

Image Credit: Abu Omar Halal on Facebook

Started as Houston's first Halal Street Food truck, Abu Omal Halal's delicious food is now a franchise business in various parts of South America (Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma).

They are a Middle-eastern food specialist and caterer, serving their signature chicken shawarma, chicken over rice, and falafel sandwich among many others. You can check out their Halal Street Food menu here.

Halal Status: Halal-certified ingredients
Location: 7919 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063, United States
Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 am daily

 

4. Djura Grill Express, New Jersey, NJ

Considered one of the best Halal Food Trucks in New Jersey, Djura Grill Express is known to give generous portions at affordable prices for their chicken gyro and chicken/lamb over rice. Expect the juiciest meat and tasty fries that can rival some of the best Halal food trucks in the nation.

Halal Status: Muslim-Owned
Location:
50 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302, United States
Opening Hours: 4 pm - 11 pm daily

 

5. Halal Street Food, Charlotte, NC

Halal Street Food, Charlotte, NC

Image Credit: Halal Street Food on Facebook

Want Halal Street Food but in a restaurant form? Halal Street Food in MoRA Point is the answer to your prayers. Owner Khuram Bashir, who operates the popular Halal Food Cart in Charlotte as well, opened a restaurant with the same menu to cater to those who prefer dining in.

You will find the typical traditional Halal street food dishes such as kebabs, shawarmas, rice platters, and salad. For a taste of adventure, we dare to try their homemade hot sauce called "Dare You Sauce"! You have been warned!

Halal Status: uses Halal ingredients
Location:
4044 Connection Point Blvd Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28212, United States
Opening Hours: 10 am - 10 pm daily

 

6. Taste Amir’s Roti Food Truck, Milwaukee, WI

If you are in the Midwest and missing Malaysian food, Taste Amir's Roti Food Truck will satisfy your cravings. Taste Amir's Roti Food Truck is the only Halal Malaysian food truck. The chef, Amir, is a Rohingya refugee who worked in the restaurant industry in Malaysia for many years before migrating to the USA.

You can spot Taste Amir's Roti Food Truck with its bright green paint and a picture of Kuala Lumpur's sky view. They have an extensive menu of Asian and Western cuisine but not forgetting the local Malaysian favorites such as the popular coconut rice ("nasi lemak"), fried mee hoon, and roti murtabak.

Halal Status: Muslim-Owned
Location:
1700 W Howard Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221, United States
Opening Hours: 11 am - 8 pm daily (closed on Mondays)

7. Mashallah Halal Food Truck

Mashallah Halal Food Truck

Image Credit: Mashallah Halal Food Truck on Yelp

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area is Mashallah Halal Food Truck. This Halal food cart prepares fresh homemade Indian and Pakistani Halal meals that will leave you wanting more.

Operated by a husband and wife duo, they also cater for many weddings, serving a delicious platter of both vegan/vegetarian and meat options.

Halal Status: uses Halal meat
Location:
2400 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501, United States
Opening Hours:

  • Mon - Wed : 10 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thurs - Sat: 10 am - 7 pm (Closed on Sundays)

 

FAQ

Are Halal Carts Actually Halal?

Yes, Halal carts are Halal! Halal carts are food carts that commonly sell Halal Mediterranean meals, found mostly in New York City but are now popularized in various cities in the United States. A typical Halal cart platter contains a meat gyro (chicken or lamb), rice, salad, and a red or white sauce.

 

Conclusion

Halal street food has taken the USA by storm with the number of Halal food carts around the country. One thing is for sure: the quality is amazingly fresh and you will be reminded of home. Share this comprehensive list with your friends so you can try them together!

Hungry for more? Find out the best Halal Street Food around the world. (P.S. You can find where is the best street Halal food in Bangkok!)

 

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Anna is an upbeat travel writer who is constantly hungry for adventure (and food). She writes about her climbing adventures on theamateurclimber.com

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