After being in business for more than 25 years, The Halal Guys is expanding from New York City’s most popular food cart to multiple highly successful brick-and-mortar locations throughout the United States. The fast casual concept, known for its never-ending lines and a menu offering a mix of various Middle Eastern dishes, has already been well received in Houston, Chicago and Southern California. This fall, residents of Arizona will be able to nosh on gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters and the famous white sauce.
“We are very excited to enter the Arizona market for many reasons. Our goal is to get people to ditch burgers for something more unique and with higher quality. The Halal Guys have a cult-like following across the country and we can’t wait to bring that energy to Arizona,” said franchisee AJ Ahmad.
The Halal Guys aim to be different and encourage patrons across America to gravitate to ethnic foods and higher quality fast-casual restaurants. They pride themselves on only using high-quality products like their chicken, which has never been frozen and is marinated and seasoned overnight, then cooked and chopped on the grill and served directly to their plate to ensure a crave worthy meal that’s piping hot. The Halal Guys’ mission is to ensure that every customer leaves happy, with a smile on their face and a satisfaction that brings them back again.
The restaurant (originally a cart on 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan) serves gyro meat, falafel, and chicken either in a platter or wrapped up in pita bread. Platters are served on a bed of orange rice, then topped with meat, lettuce, pita, and tomato.
Diners have the option to douse a platter with any number of sauces. Many fans swear by the spot’s white sauce, which is tangy like ranch dressing but a little thicker, and if you think your platter needs a kick, you can go for a spicy red sauce. Some outliers opt for barbecue sauce.
If you’ve never experienced The Halal Guys fare, just know that the spot’s massive following in New York often leads to lines that can snake around the block.
There’s no word yet on where the new restaurant will open or if it will be in the metro Phoenix area. The franchise has already expanded to Houston, Southern California, and Chicago.
For more information, check the The Halal Guys website.