Sometimes it’s difficult to look for a place to eat when you’re following a strict dietary guideline or when you have certain dietary restrictions. This is true for those who need to adhere to a particular regimen for health purposes. This is also true for those who eat food prepared in a specific way for reasons related to their faith, such as Muslims, who eat only halal food as dictated by their beliefs. Muslims aren’t the only ones who eat halal food. There are non-Muslims who do, too, because they believe that food prepared this way has certain health benefits. If you’re a resident of the old Queen City of America and you’re planning to eat out, check out this guide to the best halal restaurants in Buffalo, New York.
1. Appletree Halal Restaurant
Having opened its doors in 2013 as a grocery selling curries on steam tables, Appletree Halal Restaurant is frequented by lovers of Pakistani cuisine. Serving different kinds of tasty curries, kabobs, freshly baked breads, rice boxes, wraps, and desserts, this restaurant is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic halal Pakistani flavors. With a pleasant interior, this counter service restaurant serves classic dishes like chana masala, chicken gyro, chicken achari, and chicken tikka.
Appletree Halal Restaurant
Address: 898 Genesee St., Buffalo, New York 14211
Website: Appletree Halal Restaurant
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm (daily)
2. Haliboyz Mexican American Grille
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Feel like eating Mexican food? Haliboyz Mexican American Grille serves both Mexican and American favorites like hali nachos, tacos, chicken quesadilla, hali chicken, and one of their most popular offerings, hali pizza steak. This family-run restaurant has been operating since 2002 and uses only Zabihah halal meats in its dishes. If you’re not a meat eater, just choose any item on the menu and have it made vegetarian.
Haliboyz Mexican American Grille
Address: 388 Amherst St., Buffalo, New York 14207
Website: Haliboyz Mexican American Grille
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 9pm; Sat – Sun: 11am – 9pm (closed on Fri)
3. Hot Spot
Located on Broadway Street, this restaurant serves traditional halal Arabian cuisine such as khobz tamis, lahama zochar, fahsa, shawarma, fried kibbeh, shish kabob with pita, steak and chicken gyros, and halal wings. Aside from these, Hot Spot also serves other favorites like a variety of pizzas, subs, and burgers. If you don’t feel like eating out but are craving for halal Arabic food, Hot Spot conveniently offers delivery and pickup.
Address: 959 Broadway, Buffalo, New York
Website: Hot Spot
Opening hours: 3pm – 8:30pm (daily)
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4. Alibaba Kebab
Situated in the heart of Buffalo, this restaurant wows diners with its Indian and Mediterranean halal cuisine. Savor authentic flavors in its offering of tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, beef or chicken boti kebab, and beef and lamb gyro wrap, plus a number of rice boxes with your choice of topping. The samosas and naan are among the diners’ favorites and are worth a try.
Address: 900 William Street, Buffalo, New York 14206
Website: Alibaba Kebab
Opening hours: Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Mon – Sat: 11am – 12am
5. Almandi Halal
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The intense flavors of Middle Eastern dishes served in this restaurant keep diners coming back for more. Almandi Halal restaurant on Broadway Street specializes on genuine Arabian cuisine like lamb agdeah, haneeth, and Yemenite kabob prepared halal-style. The warm and cozy ambience of this small restaurant is made even better with the owner’s hands-on friendly accommodation of diners.
Address: 797 Broadway St., Buffalo, New York 14212
Website: Almandi Halal
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm (daily)
6. Madina Halal Sweets & Restaurant
This restaurant boasts of having the “best halal lamb gyro” in the city. Madina Halal Sweets & Restaurant serves Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Indian cuisine, and offers classic favorites like chicken biryani, beef or chicken curry, and chicken seekh kebab at affordable prices. They also serve lamb, chicken, both lamb and chicken, and fish over rice. All items on the menu are certified halal. Delivery is available through SkipTheDishes.
Madina Halal Sweets & Restaurant
Address: 125 mills St., Buffalo, New York 14212
Website: Madina Halal Sweets & Restaurant
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (daily)
7. Shish Kabab Express
This restaurant serves authentic Middle Eastern halal dishes at a reasonable price. Some of the most sought after offerings are beef shawarma or chicken shawarma on samoon bread, falafel sandwich, the traditional Lebanese appetizer baba ganoush, and of course, shish kabab. Despite its simple interior, Shish Kabab Express gets repeat customers and visits from new ones not only because of the sumptuous dishes it serves but also because of how the owner and his staff take care of the diners. This gem in the city is one of the best places to satisfy your Middle Eastern cuisine cravings without spending too much.
Shish Kabab Express
Address: 1207 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, New York 14216
Website: Shish Kabab Express
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (daily)
8. House of Hummus
Dubbed as the “home of Western New York’s fluffiest falafel,” this restaurant located in Hertel Avenue, North Buffalo serves authentic, flavorful, and affordable Palestinian dishes. Family-owned and operated, House of Hummus offers homemade halal dishes that are prepared fresh as ordered, giving you a taste of Old Jerusalem flavors each time you visit. If you’re avoiding meat, the restaurant also has vegan options to choose from. House of Hummus has another branch in Hertel Avenue.
House of Hummus
Address: 502 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222
Website: House of Hummus
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 8-pm
9. Clay Handi Restaurant
Serving popular Indian and Pakistani halal dishes, Clay Handi Restaurant, as the name suggests, employs clay pot cooking in food preparation, which results in more intense flavors and more tender meat. The restaurant has a clean and organized dining area that can accommodate both large and small groups. Enjoy different soups and salads, tandoori, mutton, beef, seafood dishes, and appetizers like samosa. The restaurant also serves breakfast.
Clay Handi Restaurant
Address: 3054 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York 14217
Website: Clay Handi Restaurant
Opening hours: 11am – 1am (daily)
10. Chester's Chicken
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Longing for the taste of good old fried chicken that’s crunchy outside and juicy inside–and is certified halal? With the same recipes they’ve been using since 1952, Chester’s Chicken serves one of the best fried chickens in Buffalo and offers various combo meals for solo diners, small groups, and families or large groups for the ultimate fried chicken fix. Try other items in the menu like salads, wraps, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, chicken hoagie, and fried haddock.
Address: 729 Sycamore St., Buffalo, New York
Website: Chester's Chicken
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 9pm; Sun: 10am – 8pm
So many choices in Buffalo, New York
Thanks to the availability of these halal restaurants in Buffalo, you have so many options for dining out. You can choose Pakistani, Lebanese, Yemeni, Indian, Mexican, or American flavors. The best part is, many of these restaurants sell their food at prices that are easy on the budget so you get to eat yummy halal food without spending a lot. Visit any of the halal restaurants listed above and see for yourself.
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