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Halal Persian food spread from Sahara Restaurant in far north Dallas.
Sahara Restaurant in far north Dallas offers a feast of hallal food
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Where to Find Great Halal Food in Dallas-Fort Worth

These restaurants serve everything from kebabs to pad Thai

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Sahara Restaurant in far north Dallas offers a feast of hallal food
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Dallas-Fort Worth’s rapidly growing, diverse population includes many restaurant owners who prepare food in accordance with dietary restrictions honored by Muslim diners. Here are 12 restaurants in the metroplex that serve halal-friendly menus.

The list includes favorite destinations for Middle Eastern cuisine, offering up Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese, and Persian specialties. Diners who are looking for halal food in DFW will also find options from fusion Thai to Nashville hot chicken sandwiches.

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Swamp Cafe

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Chef David Cui’s restaurant opens up the usually pork-heavy Cajun and Creole cuisines to the larger Dallas community by using all Zabiha halal meats in his dishes — from gumbo to red beans and rice to po’ boys. Even the muffulettas are made with beef salami and turkey pastrami.

Queen of Sheba

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Queen of Sheba offers halal choices for its lamb, chicken, and beef dishes. Go for injera (spongy, tangy teff flat bread) topped with Ethiopian halal meat entrees like doro wat (slow-cooked chicken drumsticks) or kifto (marinated beef tartare), served alongside vegetable sides.

Sahara is known for grilled Persian-style kebabs ranging from chicken, beef, lamb to Cornish hen and fish, all served over fluffy, buttered, aromatic long grain rice with a side of charred tomatoes. Try the stew of the day too, including the herbaceous sour beef and kidney bean stew, ghormeh sabzi, or the hearty lentil, tomato, lamb and eggplant stew, gheimeh bademjan.

A plate of gheimeh bademjan, a Persian lentil, tomato, eggplant and beef stew.
Find gheimeh bademjan, a Persian lentil, tomato, eggplant and beef stew, at Sahara
Tomias Bahim | Sahara Restaurant

Noodle Wave

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Husband-and-wife team Rosie and Pete Keopaseut offer a wide range of traditional Thai and Asian fusion dishes in their menu, prepared with halal chicken, beef and seafood. Noodle Wave’s grown into an empire, with locations in Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Garland, and Carrolton.

Big Guys Chicken and Rice

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While there is strong presence of that New York City-based halal chain across the metroplex, local Big Guys Chicken and Rice provides some stiff competition. Order the NYC-style chicken rice platter a with a generous squiggle of the white sauce and a touch of the fiery hot sauce. There’s also a Big Guys Chicken and Rice location in Euless.

Olive Burger

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Family-owned and operated with MMA fighter Faez Miraki at the helm, Olive Burger’s been serving up Texas-sized halal burgers, chicken sandwiches, and wraps since 2012. The menu is full of classic hamburgers and cheeseburgers, but try the olive burger and let the briny olives cut through the hefty beef patty. Olive Burger runs multiple DFW locations.

Al-Baghdady Bakery & Café

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Iraqi specialties such masgouf (whole tilapia splayed open and grilled), freshly baked samoon bread (diamond-shaped flat bread), house-made basturma (air-dried, beef garlic sausage), and different types of frozen kibbeh to take home are big draws here. While indoor and outdoor seating is spartan at best, the hospitality is warm and welcoming.

Four logs of homemade basturma, air dried seasoned beef sausages, inside Al-Baghdady Bakery & Cafe’s freezer.
Al-Baghdady Bakery & Cafe’s freezer includes homemade basturma or air dried seasoned beef sausages
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One Hummus

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True to the name, hummus dishes are front and center here, served in a variety of styles from across the Middle East. Another chickpea dish, the falafel, comes either plain or stuffed with a spicy tomato paste. Order other traditional mezze dishes, breakfast such as ful medames, slow-cooked fava bean stew, and chicken or beef shawarmas to complement those chickpeas.

Ricky's Hot Chicken

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Six months prior to opening, a member of the Richardson Muslim community reached out to Ricky’s Hot Chicken, requesting that the restaurant serve halal meats. Ricky Tran and his team graciously worked on this request and now are one of the best Nashville hot chicken destinations in the metroplex, using all halal meats. Ricky’s Hot Chicken recently expanded to a second location in Arlington, serving up the same menu including tenders, wings, quarter birds, sandwiches, and chicken and waffles.

Bigdash Ice Cream Pastries - Middle Eastern Dessert

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For sweet endings, Bigdash is a must. Syrian immigrants Kareem Alrefaai and Asmaa Khattab recreate memories of home with Arab-style stretchy ice cream, an array of Middle Eastern sweets, and knafeh (a sweet and savory cheese). Knafeh comes in different styles, as distinguished by its topping, including brown for semolina and red for shredded, crispy phyllo dough. The owners are relocating the original Richardson spot to Greenville Avenue soon, but for now the original location will remain open.

S Grill by Sara’s Market

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Sara’s Market has been a pillar of the Richardson community, serving baked goods, produce, and halal meats and ingredients since 1999. Inside the supermarket is S Grill, a Lebanese grill that uses the fresh halal meats from the meat counter. Order a single beef tenderloin, kofta (ground beef and lamb) or shish tawook (marinated chicken tenders) skewer. Or spring for half-a-dozen or more.

Seating is very limited to the counter, which offers a view of the open kitchen’s grill.

S Grill counter with limited bar stool seating behind grocery shelves inside Sara’s Market
Find the S Grill counter inside Sara’s Market
Didi Paterno

ADDA by Jimmy’s

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Find traditional South Asian flavors — Indian, Pakistani, and even Burmese — with a Texas swagger inside a subway-tiled, farmhouse-chic dining room in this restaurant that’s the embodiment of the diversity of DFW’s suburban sprawl. Try a Chapli burger, a Karahi Taco with masala chicken curry in a tortilla or the tandoori mac and cheese. Then add ice-cold bottles of soda, mint lemonade, or lassi (a yogurt drink) to tame the heat.

Swamp Cafe

Chef David Cui’s restaurant opens up the usually pork-heavy Cajun and Creole cuisines to the larger Dallas community by using all Zabiha halal meats in his dishes — from gumbo to red beans and rice to po’ boys. Even the muffulettas are made with beef salami and turkey pastrami.

Queen of Sheba

Queen of Sheba offers halal choices for its lamb, chicken, and beef dishes. Go for injera (spongy, tangy teff flat bread) topped with Ethiopian halal meat entrees like doro wat (slow-cooked chicken drumsticks) or kifto (marinated beef tartare), served alongside vegetable sides.

Sahara

Sahara is known for grilled Persian-style kebabs ranging from chicken, beef, lamb to Cornish hen and fish, all served over fluffy, buttered, aromatic long grain rice with a side of charred tomatoes. Try the stew of the day too, including the herbaceous sour beef and kidney bean stew, ghormeh sabzi, or the hearty lentil, tomato, lamb and eggplant stew, gheimeh bademjan.

A plate of gheimeh bademjan, a Persian lentil, tomato, eggplant and beef stew.
Find gheimeh bademjan, a Persian lentil, tomato, eggplant and beef stew, at Sahara
Tomias Bahim | Sahara Restaurant

Noodle Wave

Husband-and-wife team Rosie and Pete Keopaseut offer a wide range of traditional Thai and Asian fusion dishes in their menu, prepared with halal chicken, beef and seafood. Noodle Wave’s grown into an empire, with locations in Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Garland, and Carrolton.

Big Guys Chicken and Rice

While there is strong presence of that New York City-based halal chain across the metroplex, local Big Guys Chicken and Rice provides some stiff competition. Order the NYC-style chicken rice platter a with a generous squiggle of the white sauce and a touch of the fiery hot sauce. There’s also a Big Guys Chicken and Rice location in Euless.

Olive Burger

Family-owned and operated with MMA fighter Faez Miraki at the helm, Olive Burger’s been serving up Texas-sized halal burgers, chicken sandwiches, and wraps since 2012. The menu is full of classic hamburgers and cheeseburgers, but try the olive burger and let the briny olives cut through the hefty beef patty. Olive Burger runs multiple DFW locations.

Al-Baghdady Bakery & Café

Iraqi specialties such masgouf (whole tilapia splayed open and grilled), freshly baked samoon bread (diamond-shaped flat bread), house-made basturma (air-dried, beef garlic sausage), and different types of frozen kibbeh to take home are big draws here. While indoor and outdoor seating is spartan at best, the hospitality is warm and welcoming.

Four logs of homemade basturma, air dried seasoned beef sausages, inside Al-Baghdady Bakery & Cafe’s freezer.
Al-Baghdady Bakery & Cafe’s freezer includes homemade basturma or air dried seasoned beef sausages
Didi Paterno

One Hummus

True to the name, hummus dishes are front and center here, served in a variety of styles from across the Middle East. Another chickpea dish, the falafel, comes either plain or stuffed with a spicy tomato paste. Order other traditional mezze dishes, breakfast such as ful medames, slow-cooked fava bean stew, and chicken or beef shawarmas to complement those chickpeas.

Ricky's Hot Chicken

Six months prior to opening, a member of the Richardson Muslim community reached out to Ricky’s Hot Chicken, requesting that the restaurant serve halal meats. Ricky Tran and his team graciously worked on this request and now are one of the best Nashville hot chicken destinations in the metroplex, using all halal meats. Ricky’s Hot Chicken recently expanded to a second location in Arlington, serving up the same menu including tenders, wings, quarter birds, sandwiches, and chicken and waffles.

Bigdash Ice Cream Pastries - Middle Eastern Dessert

For sweet endings, Bigdash is a must. Syrian immigrants Kareem Alrefaai and Asmaa Khattab recreate memories of home with Arab-style stretchy ice cream, an array of Middle Eastern sweets, and knafeh (a sweet and savory cheese). Knafeh comes in different styles, as distinguished by its topping, including brown for semolina and red for shredded, crispy phyllo dough. The owners are relocating the original Richardson spot to Greenville Avenue soon, but for now the original location will remain open.

S Grill by Sara’s Market

Sara’s Market has been a pillar of the Richardson community, serving baked goods, produce, and halal meats and ingredients since 1999. Inside the supermarket is S Grill, a Lebanese grill that uses the fresh halal meats from the meat counter. Order a single beef tenderloin, kofta (ground beef and lamb) or shish tawook (marinated chicken tenders) skewer. Or spring for half-a-dozen or more.

Seating is very limited to the counter, which offers a view of the open kitchen’s grill.

S Grill counter with limited bar stool seating behind grocery shelves inside Sara’s Market
Find the S Grill counter inside Sara’s Market
Didi Paterno

ADDA by Jimmy’s

Find traditional South Asian flavors — Indian, Pakistani, and even Burmese — with a Texas swagger inside a subway-tiled, farmhouse-chic dining room in this restaurant that’s the embodiment of the diversity of DFW’s suburban sprawl. Try a Chapli burger, a Karahi Taco with masala chicken curry in a tortilla or the tandoori mac and cheese. Then add ice-cold bottles of soda, mint lemonade, or lassi (a yogurt drink) to tame the heat.

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